Although children don't vote, they do count

In Australia there are five million children who don’t vote and who are rarely heard, but are directly impacted by public policy.

There are serious issues facing children and young people in Australia – including housing instability, high levels of unemployment, poverty, violence, poor mental health and climate change.

But our leaders seem unwilling or unable to make difficult decisions on behalf of the next generation and for the future of Australia. In fact, our young people are showing more leadership than our politicians.
Aussie kids speak up
During the Federal Election and beyond, UNICEF Australia is placing important children’s issues at the centre of the political debate to ensure they are heard and that their futures are considered and protected.

We have written to all candidates running in the 2019 Federal Election, calling on all Parliamentarians to make 2019 a year of action for children.

Platform for Action

  1. Develop a plan to act on climate change - Hold a youth summit across Australia and the Pacific to inform approaches to achieving the SDG 13 on Climate Action – and creating a ten-year plan for action.
  2. Understand children’s experiences of violence - Gather better data on the prevalence of violence against children and develop more targeted plans so that children can be safe to learn, safe at home and safe in the community. 
  3. Prioritise assistance to children experiencing poverty - Create a national strategy to end child poverty so that children can participate better at school, and in society.
  4. Improve educational engagement - Develop teacher training that has a specific focus on positive student-teacher relationships/student engagement to improve the quality of children’s education.
  5. Elevate the voices of young people - Fund a national, youth well-being strategy and include children in the design of related support services.
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