UNICEF Australia has today welcomed the government’s announcement to establish a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People, with the aim to help achieve progress under the Closing the Gap agreement and provide a dedicated voice for Aboriginal children and young people.
The National Commissioner’s role will focus on working with First Nations people to advise on evidence-based programs and policies which will contribute to better outcomes for Aboriginal children.
"We welcome the establishment of this National Commissioner as a positive step forward for First Nations children and young people across Australia"
“All children have the right to survive, thrive and be supported to reach their full potential. However, as we know, there are disparities experienced by First Nations children in Australia that need addressing.
“The appointment of a Commissioner is a welcome move forward to focus on advancing the rights of Aboriginal children, something which is needed to end the intergenerational cycles of disadvantage that many children face.”
“We extend our thanks to SNAICC – the national peak body for Aboriginal children – who have been instrumental in securing this commitment for a National Commissioner for Aboriginal children, which UNICEF Australia supported,” says Ms Maskiell.