Western Australia

Children’s Commissioner role still strong 10 years on

The wellbeing of Western Australia’s children and young people was made a State Government priority 10 years ago under the leadership of Premier Alan Carpenter.

Soon after the Commissioner for Children and Young People Act was proclaimed in 2006, WA’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People was formally appointed.

Since then, the work of the commissioner and his office has helped to ensure that all young people and children in WA are heard, valued, healthy and safe. Much of this work includes wide consultation with young people, especially those in the youth justice system and out-of-home care.

Other responsibilities for the commissioner and his office include:

  • advocating for all children and young people aged up to and including 18 years;
  • monitoring laws, policies and practices affecting the wellbeing of children and young people;
  • promoting and valuing the voice of children and young people and the positive contributions they make to society;
  • consulting with children and young people, parents, families, government agencies and non-government organisations;
  • researching trends and information relating to children and young people; and
  • inquiring on behalf of children and young people about issues relating to their wellbeing.

Youth Minister Peter Tinley congratulated the commissioner and his office for the past decade of tireless work on behalf of WA’s children and youth.

Source: WA Government