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Policy & Advocacy

A voice for those who need it most.

A critical element of improving the lives of children is ensuring that governments enact policies that uphold child rights and reflect the needs of current and future generations. Through our advocacy, we fight to protect and fulfil child rights. We are constantly working towards this goal with coordinated efforts through public and private channels to hold governments to account for effective and systemic policy change. In 2021 we elevated the voices of children and ensured that children are at the centre of Australia’s response to critical issues that affect them, especially the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat to their futures posed by the climate crisis. 

Raise the age

Raise the age


  • Fought to raise Australia’s minimum age of criminal responsibility

  • We're recommending to raise from 10 to at least 14 years of age

  • ACT became the first state to enact this


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End COVID for all

End COVID for all


  • Called for Australia to support vulnerable nations

  • Highlighted challenges of low vaccine rates and misinformation

  • Published research with recommendations for the Australian Government


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Repatriating Australian children from camps in North East Syria

Repatriating Australian children from camps in North East Syria


  • Continued efforts to repatriate 47 Australian children and their mothers 

  • These Australians have been indefinitely detained in Syria

  • Advocated through public and private channels


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Resilient families, connected communities

Resilient families, connected communities


  • Launched a study on the impacts of COVID-19 on children

  • Children are suffering from social disconnection and disruption to their learning

  • Called for comprehensive strategy to support children’s COVID recovery


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Save the Planet

Save the Planet


  • Highlighted the consequences of the climate crisis on child rights

  • Amplified young voices in climate action

  • Called for children to be part of the development of climate policies


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