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Meet the Commissioner

Anne Hollonds

Anne Hollonds commenced as National Children’s Commissioner in November 2020.

Before her appointment to the role, Anne was the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an independent statutory authority of the Australian Government responsible for conducting research and providing advice on child and family wellbeing. In this role she was also Director of the Australian Gambling Research Centre.

For more than 23 years Anne was a Chief Executive Officer of government and non-government organisations focussed on research, policy and service delivery in health, education and social services. Anne has had extensive front-line experience including in child protection, out-of-home care, domestic and family violence, child and family therapy, parenting education, and mental health.

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Governments must urgently address youth justice crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on all Australian governments to urgently address the national crisis in youth justice to prevent further harm to children in detention, and to reduce youth offending through effective systems of support.

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Ongoing juvenile detention crisis a failure of basic support for kids and families

The National Children’s Commissioner is calling for urgent reform across multiple government departments and agencies to address Australia’s youth detention crisis. In her keynote speech at the launch of National Child Protection Week at Government House in Canberra today, Commissioner Anne Hollonds...

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