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The challenges for children in 2020

A statement from young people who attended a major conference on children’s rights has identified the five greatest challenges facing young people in Australia in 2020.

The Child and Youth Statement, facilitated by World Vision Australia, listed COVID-19, climate change, Indigenous children’s rights, citizenship and mental health as the most urgent challenges young people face.

Commission welcomes new Children’s Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of Ms Anne Hollonds to the role of the National Children’s Commissioner. 

“I am delighted by the appointment of Ms Hollonds to the Australian Human Rights Commission,” said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM.

Updates from Australian and New Zealand Children's Commissioners and Guardians

The Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) meets regularly to promote and protect the safety, wellbeing and rights of children and young people in Australia and New Zealand. 

Tributes for departing commissioner

Colleagues, Children’s advocates and fellow commissioners at the Australian Human Rights Commission have paid tribute to Megan Mitchell as she completed her term as Australia’s inaugural Children’s Commissioner.

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher said: “Megan has consistently listened to children and represented their views with passion and conviction. Megan’s advocacy has had a tremendous impact and she has made significant achievements over the course of her seven-year term.”

Review of the age of criminal responsibility (2020)

Submission to the Council of Attorneys-General Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group

Introduction

The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Council of Attorneys-General Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group review.

New Resource to Teach School Children About Digital Health Records

Schools are being given the opportunity to teach students about their rights in managing their digital health records, using a new resource designed by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell.

Under the My Health Record system, children aged 14 years and over can manage their own records. They may do so independently, or they can grant access to parents or guardians. They may also choose to cancel their digital records at any time.