APPOINTMENT OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST NATIONAL CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER WELCOMED

Families Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement today that Megan Mitchell will be Australia’s first ever National Children’s Commissioner.

Families Australia’s CEO Brian Babington stated: ‘This appointment represents a major step forward in promoting the wellbeing and safety of Australia’s children and young people. It fulfils a major objective under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, the nation’s first-ever roadmap to tackle child abuse and neglect and to promote children’s wellbeing’.

‘The National Children’s Commissioner will have a vitally important role in highlighting the aspirations, needs and interests of children and young people, standing up when things go wrong, and championing what works well for children and young people.

‘Megan Mitchell is the current NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People and brings a wealth of experience to the position’, he said.

‘The case for a National Children’s Commissioner has been advocated by many in the community and academic sectors as well as the broader Australian community. Families Australia and the 116-member Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia’s Children (which Families Australia coordinates) see the appointment as a promising step toward greater recognition of the needs and interests of children and young people’.

With over 500 member organisations across Australia, Families Australia is a national, peak, not-for-profit organisation which strives to improve the wellbeing of all Australian families and children.

Contact Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 3, 7 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
M: 0417 550 149
P: 02 6273 4885
www.familiesaustralia.org.au