Consultations about the potential role of a National Children’s Commissioner

Advocating Nationally for Children and Young People is a priority project under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 - 2020.  Under this priority the Commonwealth committed to exploring the potential role of a National Children’s Commissioner.

The Department undertook significant consultations in 2009 and 2010 with key stakeholders, including existing state and territory commissioners and guardians, state and territory governments, and the community regarding a National Children’s Commissioner.

These consultations found that whilst stakeholders generally strongly support the establishment of a Commonwealth Commissioner, they are divided on the appropriate model and corresponding responsibilities and functions.

Given the different views of stakeholders, the Government decided to undertake further targeted consultations on the issue to see if there is general consensus on the role and functions of a possible National Children’s Commissioner.

The Department prepared a Discussion Paper that was circulated to non-government organisations, state and territory National Framework Implementation Working Group members, and state and territory children’s commissioners and guardians in early December 2011.

Feedback on the Discussion Paper was due to the Department on December 16 2011. Stakeholders were also offered the opportunity to provide feedback via teleconferences or face-to-face meetings or through written submissions.

The Department received 26 submissions from organisations and individuals. These submissions can be made available, with the permission of the organisation or individual, upon request to

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