Media Release – 22 December 2011

Leading NGOs Join Forces in Calling for a National Children’s Commissioner

Nearly 40 of Australia’s leading national children and youth support organisations are today celebrating the release of an NGO Positions Paper on the role and functions of a National Children’s Commissioner.

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition’s Executive Director, Andrew Cummings, said “the Positions Paper is the culmination of several months of discussion between leading children’s and youth organisations. The high level of support and consensus in the sector demonstrates the strongly held view that Australia needs a National Children’s Commissioner, as has long been voiced by the huge number of organisations in Australia working with children and young people.

The paper is the result of a Roundtable of Non-Government Organisations that was initially convened in September 2011, co-hosted by AYAC and the Australian Human Rights Commission. The paper was officially submitted to the Federal Government this week, in response to a joint discussion paper by FACHSIA and the Attorney General’s Department.

AYAC, Save the Children and UNICEF are among the many organisations that developed and endorsed the Positions Paper. Together they congratulate the Federal Government for the discussion paper, as a sign of the growing support and recognition of the need for a Children’s Commissioner within Government.

“We look forward to working with the government in planning the next steps towards establishing the office of a National Children’s Commissioner”, Mr Cummings said.

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For further comment, please contact:

Andrew Cummings, AYAC Executive Director:

(p) (02) 9212 0500  (m) 0435 146 979  (e)


Tim O’Connor, UNICEF Director Advocacy and Communications:

(p) (02) 8917 3247      (m) 0435 206 273     (e)


James McDougall, Save the Children Director, Advocacy

(p) (03) 9938 2090 (m) 0419 243 179