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While for most, Australia is one of the best countries in the world to grow up, that’s not the case for everyone. Every day, our children and young people face multiple challenges, many of which are often hidden.

From remote towns to city centres, the rights and wellbeing of Australia’s most vulnerable children and young people are being impacted by poverty, mental health, homelessness, violence, climate-driven disasters, and for some, lack of access to quality education and health care.  

The statistics are staggering; over 62,300 children aged 0-14 years-old receiving specialist homeless services and 174,000 children receiving child protection services.  For First Nations children the situation is far worse - they are more than ten times likely to enter out-of-home care and 26 times more likely to enter youth detention.

UNICEF Australia works with partners to address inequality and accelerate impact. This includes targeted programs that support the most marginalised children, child and youth engagement initiatives and helping Governments to create stronger policies and investments for sustainable long-term impact.

But we need your help to reach more children and communities in need.

1 in 6

Australian children live below the national poverty line.

1 in 7

Australian children experience mental health issues and one in ten engage in self-harm.

2 in 5

children and young people were personally impacted by bushfires in the summer of 2019-20.

UNICEF Australia's Young Ambassadors are with Senator Penny Wong, advocating for children and young people.
UNICEF Young Ambassadors walk the halls of Parliament, meeting politicians such as Senator and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong, to voice what matters to children and young people across Australia.
© UNICEF Australia/2022/Labade

We’ve accelerated our domestic program and advocacy work to elevate the voices of children and young people, and influence policy to improve their lives. Our partnerships with local organisations helps reduce inequality and directly supports some of the most disadvantaged children in the country.

We’re focusing on three key areas:

Addressing disadvantage in the early years so that all Australian children get the best start in life.

Ensuring young Australians have a chance to reach their full potential.

Addressing the needs of Australian children affected by climate driven emergencies, particularly in communities impacted by bushfires, drought and floods.

Give all Australian children a fair chance

Donate today and change the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable children by supporting our long-term development programs, youth engagement initiatives and advocacy work.

How will my donation help children in Australia?

Because UNICEF is 100 per cent donor funded – with some voluntary contributions from governments – our ability to provide long-term development programs fully depends on the generosity and commitment of donors, like you. We will combine your donation with funding from the Australian Government’s ANCP to reach even more children in need. 

  • $75 can provide a Play & Learn Pack for Remote Indigenous Communities
  • $150 will provide 12 meals for Indigenous Children participating in our early years program
  • $1,000 can help provide training for a remote Indigenous educator, helping them gain a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents went directly to program expenditure and community education, including long-term development and emergency response work.
  • 13¢
    last year, 13 cents covered the essential costs of raising public awareness and fundraising to generate more support for UNICEF’s work.
  • 5¢
    last year, 5 cents were spent on UNICEF Australia’s accountability and administration.