“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.

Join the UN consultation

UNICEF Australia is conducting a national consultation with children and young people to find out how they think the Australian government could better protect their rights, and to share a report with the United Nations.

Get involved


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.

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