The Child Rights Taskforce is made up of advocates, service providers, individuals and experts all focused on achieving child rights in Australia. It meets regularly to discuss upcoming opportunities and events to promote and protect children’s rights. The role of the Taskforce is to hold the Australian government to account on its commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

A Steering Committee of seven organisations and experts leads the Child Rights Taskforce.

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UNICEF Australia

UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF’s visions is of a world where the basic rights of every child will be met. UNICEF works in over 190 countries to promote and protect the rights of children. In Australia, UNICEF advocates for the rights of all children to be realised and works to improve public and government support for child rights and international development.

Member contact: Freyana Irani firani@unicef.org.au

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NCYLC

The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre is a Community Legal Centre dedicated to addressing human rights issues for children and young people in Australia through legal change – the only community legal centre of its kind in Australia. Established in 1993, the Centre provides advice and information for children and young people about the law and their rights and responsibilities. NCYLC also lobbies governments to consider children and child rights when developing legislation and policies that may have an impact on young people.

Member contact: Ahram Choi ahram.choi@ncylc.org.au

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS)

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services is the peak body for the state and territory based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), which provide culturally competent legal assistance services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NATSILS has become an expert voice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the justice system, providing commentary and advice on human rights, access to justice, social inclusion, systematic discrimination, evidence based justice policy, and in particular evidence based criminal justice policy.

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Human Rights Law Centre

The Human Rights Law Centre is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in Australia and beyond. They do this though a strategic combination of evidence-based advocacy, research, litigation, and education. The HRLC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation. They work in coalition with key partners, including community organisations, law firms and barristers, academics and experts, and international and domestic human rights organisations.

Member contact: Ben Schokman ben.schokman@hrlc.org.au

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Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Established in 1981, SNAICC has a membership base of over 1400 organisations and individuals including community based child care agencies, early childhood education centres, family support organisations, foster care agencies, link up and family reunification services, family group homes, voluntary associations and services for young people at risk.

Member contact: Emma Sydenham emmas@snaicc.asn.au

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King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is a global law firm with over 30 international offices. This is powered by more than 550 partners and 2700 lawyers and is the law firm that can practice Australian, PRC, Hong Kong and UK law, which enables KWM to provide strategic advice in these markets.

Member contact: Stephanie Puris stephanie.puris@au.kwm.com

James McDougall

James McDougall is a consultant working in policy; management and governance; and building collaborations.

He has held a number of senior policy and management roles in Australia and has also worked in China and the Asia Pacific region. He was the Director of the National Children’s & Youth Law Centre from 2005 to 2010 and during that period helped to build the profile and capacity of the Australian Child Rights Taskforce. He continues to provide strategic advice to the Taskforce.

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