The establishment of a National Children's Commissioner is a significant action under the first three-year action plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009–2020. The Second Action Plan 2012-2015 supports the position’s establishment and acknowledges the Commissioner's role as an advocate for children at the national level.
Ms Megan Mitchell was announced as Australia's first National Children's Commissioner on 25 February 2013.
The National Children's Commissioner will promote public discussion and awareness of issues affecting children, conduct research and education programs and consult directly with children and representative organisations. The role will also examine relevant existing and proposed Commonwealth legislation to determine if they recognise and protect children's human rights in Australia.
The work of the National Children's Commissioner will complement the work conducted by state and territory children's commissioners and guardians. The position sits within the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia's national independent statutory body dealing with human rights.