UN recommendations for Australia on how to better protect children’s rights

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was ratified in 1989. It outlines the rights which the United Nations believe should be universally available to all children.

Periodically, (approximately every five years) States Parties are assessed to ensure that they are taking steps towards enshrining children’s rights in legislation, policy and practice. The States Party is invited to submit a report to the UN detailing what progress has been made since the last assessment. Australia also appeared before the Committee on the Rights of the Child in September 2019.

In return the UN Committee made 122 recommendations to the Australian government for improvements that should be made to the implementation of the CRC.

All the recommendations require changes to either legislation, policy or practice to be implemented. In some cases, recommendations require a combination of changes to legislation, policy and practice.

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