UNICEF's work in Australia
The right interventions at the right time can break intergenerational cycles of inequity and counter disadvantage. UNICEF Australia and partners work to address the critical needs of children and deliver targeted programs that reach the most vulnerable.
Protecting children and their rights now and in the future
One in six children are living below the poverty line
While Australia remains one of the richest countries in the world, some 3 million people, including more than 731,000 children are living in poverty.
While education breaks the cycle of poverty, many children face barriers to accessing school
Birth registration, poverty, experiences of violence and bullying, remoteness as well as lack of cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children prevent many children from accessing education.
Mental health and happiness rates are declining
A recent UNICEF survey of over 1,000 Australian young people aged 13-17 years found that just 45 per cent were coping well during the COVID-19 pandemic and one in four (24 per cent) feel isolated and unsure about the support options available to them outside their family.
Partnering with local organisations
UNICEF Australia works with local community partners to accelerate their impact. Together with our partners we address critical gaps and needs of the most vulnerable children in Australia. We are investing in programs that are targeted and deliver impact, particularly around wellbeing and education for children in remote, regional and Indigenous communities.
Our partnership model allows us to build strong alliances with communities, local organisations, and government partners. Combined with UNICEF’s global technical expertise together we can create system wide reform for children.