At last, a National Commissioner!

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition is excited by the announcement of Megan Mitchell as Australia’s first National Commissioner for Children and Young People.

“Having a National Commissioner for Children and Young People is an important step in highlighting issues of neglect, abuse and discrimination. Megan will play a vital role in making sure that young people’s voices and opinions are heard at the national level,” AYAC’s Executive Director Andrew Cummings said.

“As the National Commissioner, Megan will contribute to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s young people, assisting government to develop policies that respect and encourage of the rights of young people.”

“We look forward to working with Megan in supporting and promoting the rights and wellbeing of all young people”, Mr Cummings said.

The Commissioner will sit within the Australian Human Rights Commission and the establishment of the Commissioner is a key action under the federal Government’s National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

AYAC was instrumental in the original campaign for the establishment of a National Commissioner for Children and Young people to provide an independent voice for children and young people