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Past news and events

The impacts of COVID-19 responses on children:
In Conversation with the National Children’s Commissioner

Watch the recording of Sharon Bessell in conversation with Anne Hollonds, National Children’s Commissioner , discussing the impact of Covid-19 responses on children.


The racialised funnel of inequality: Public primary education in Mauritius

A PhD Oral Presentation by Vijetta Bachraz
Monday 27 June, 2.00 – 3.00pm (AEST)


Prioritising the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people

Watch the recording of Sharon Bessell in conversation with Natalie Lewis, Commissioner with the Queensland Family and Child Commission, discussing the importance of prioritising the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.


Putting Children at the Centre

Watch the recording of Professor Sharon Bessell in conversation with Jodie Griffiths-Cook, ACT Children and Young People Commissioner, and Luke Twyford, Principal Commissioner Queensland Family and Child Commission about the importance of putting children’s views and rights at the centre of all we do.


From September to November 2021 the Children’s Policy Centre talked to Children’s Commissioners from around Australia, and internationally, about a range of human right’s issues facing children and young people today.

You can watch the recordings of these conversations to hear about how the Commissioners are working to keep children safe, happy and healthy, and to secure their human rights.

Securing the Human Rights of Children in Scotland
with Bruce Adamson, Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland

Our youth, our way
with Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria
Gender Differences in Children’s Wellbeing
with Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia
Menstruation Matters
with Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People in South Australia
When the State is Guardian
with Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People in Victoria
Child-centred advocacy for wellbeing
with Leanne McLean, Commissioner for Children and Young People in Tasmania
Australia’s children in the post-Covid decade
Anne Hollonds, National Children’s Commissioner


Children and young people’s rights in Timor-Leste and deepening poverty and inequality

On June 23 2021 we hosted a panel discussion with three Timorese experts on the poverty and inequality policy landscape, how it impacts on Timor-Leste’s children and young people, and efforts by the government towards fulfilling children’s rights.

Guteriano Neves, Independent Policy Analyst “Poverty and Inequality Policy Landscape in Timor-Leste

Dinorah Granadeiro, Commissioner of Children’s Rights: “Timor-Leste and the Convention on the Rights of the Child”

Ato Lekinawa Costa, Youth and Sports Policy Advisor, “Timor-Leste’s efforts to fulfill Article 12, UNCRC.


Tackling child and family poverty

Reflections on the 2021/22 Federal Budget

On 20 May 2021 our panel discussed what the 2021/22 Federal Budget will mean for Australian children and families living in poverty.  Watch the recording of this webinar below.

Catherine Liddle, CEO, SNAICC

Terese Edwards, CEO, National Council of Single Mothers and their Children

Miranda Stewart, Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne Law School where she is Director of the Tax Group and is a Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy

Sharon Bessell, Professor of Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, where she is Director Children’s Policy Centre and Poverty and Inequality Research Centre

This event is presented in partnership with the Brotherhood of St LaurenceAnti-Poverty Week, and Social Ventures Australia.



30 Years since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Australia – webinar series

17 December 2020 will mark the 30th Anniversary of Australia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

In this webinar series, the Children’s Policy Centre brought together researchers and advocates to ask how far we have come and how far we have to go in securing the human rights of children in Australia.

Recordings of the webinars are below and on our YouTube channel.

For any questions relating to the seminar series, please contact the Children’s Policy Centre on crawford.cpc@anu.edu.au


Webinar Recordings

30 Years of the UNCRC in Australia: In conversation with the ACT Youth Advisory Council
‘Ask Us. This is Our Country’ Aboriginal Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision Making. With Holly Doel- Macaway
Child Protection and the UNCRC:
In conversation with Tim Moore, Morag McArthur and Sharon Bessell
Minimum Age for Criminal Responsibility:
In Conversation with Sophie Trevitt & Faith Gordon
Protecting Children’s Rights: Are we there yet? with John Tobin

For more information on this webinar series, please contact Celia Vuckovic on crawford.cpc@anu.edu.au


Updated:  22 July 2022/ Responsible Officer:  CPC Director/ Page Contact:  CPC Research Officer