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Protecting Australian Children

What we do

The Child Rights Taskforce is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and core to our role is ensuing the Australian government is held to account on its commitment to the CRC.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the only international human rights treaty that expressly gives non-governmental organisations a role in monitoring its implementation.

This means that, when the Australian Government reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on how it believes it is faring in its commitment to children, it is the role of the Australian Child Rights Taskforce to produce the alternative report.

This process of Reporting on the CRC ensures that, as well as the voice of Government, the experiences of children and young people in Australia are considered.

The UN Committee considers the reports and briefing received from Government, civil society and children and young people. It then releases recommendations to the Australian Government, known as the Concluding Observations on how they can improve implementations of the CRC in Australia, uphold the rights of all children and identify the children at most risk in Australia.