“Every child and young person under 18
years of age has the right to participate and
have their opinions included in
decision-making processes that relate to their lives.”
Children are experts in their own lives and experiences. We work collaboratively with children and young people because it is their right to be heard on decisions affecting them and they can provide advice and valuable insight into how their rights can best be protected and fulfilled. Participation is one of the guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and a specifically protected right.

UNICEF's Young Ambassadors
UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors Isabella, Monga, Rory and Khin. © UNICEF Australia / Rhiona-Jade Armont

UNICEF Australia’s Young Ambassador program

This unique initiative gives young people from all across Australia a platform to speak up for children’s rights. Young Ambassadors are trained to consult with children about the important issues in their lives, to report on issues of child rights and to represent the views of young people to decision makers at local, national and international levels.

Nine extraordinary young people with a shared passion for child rights: meet our new team of Young Ambassadors.

Posted by UNICEF Australia on Sunday, July 26, 2015


Listening to children in schools

We are committed to creating opportunities for children and young people to be advocates for themselves, and for other children, through UNICEF Australia.  We listen to the voices of children and young people through ongoing consultations and workshops. These are usually organised through schools, but we also reach out through community and youth groups, youth events and festivals, online platforms.
Our Things that Matter Report was developed through consultations and presents the voices and concerns of children and young people in Australia.
Interested schools can register by emailing education@unicef.org.au to be involved in our consultations and receive updates on our work for young people.

Find out more about how we work with communities to strengthen children’s rights.

All photos © UNICEF Australia / Rhiona-Jade Armont

Meet the UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors