ACCG submissions

Each state and territory in Australia has a Commissioner and/or Guardian who represents children and young people. The Commissioners meet twice a year and also keep in regular contact to share information and work together on specific projects to help improve the wellbeing of children and young people across Australia. As issues of national significance and common interest arise, the Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) may decide to prepare a joint submission.

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs - Inquiry into the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Amendment (National Children's Commissioner) Bill 2012 (PDF 94.8KB)
June 2012
A rights-based National Children’s Commissioner (NCC), situated in the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) should be established and their statutory functions broad enough to deal with a variety of different policy issues.

Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs - Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (PDF 1.6MB)
March 2012
A national strategy for the prevention, identification and management of FASD should be developed.  Prevention strategies should include culturally appropriate community awareness regarding the misuse of alcohol and targeted prevention services for women who are considered at-risk of consumption during pregnancy.

Free Calls to Kids Helpline from Mobile Phones (PDF 1014.4KB)
March 2012
The ACCG highlights that some phone carriers were charging mobile phone call rates for children contacting the national Kids Helpline. 

Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into the Treatment of Suspected People Smugglers Who Say They Are Children (PDF 183.1KB)
February 2012
Concerns relate to the assessment of age and the treatment of these individuals while the assessment is being carried out. The ACCG recommended where there is uncertainty about age, the individual should be given the benefit of the doubt and treated as a minor.

Australian Government Detention of Indonesian Children in Australian Adult Prisons (PDF 131.3KB)
January 2012
Where there is any doubt about a person’s age, the ACCG recommended that they should be placed in community detention under supervision, or appropriate custodial detention. The ACCG also suggested that a multi-faceted approach to establishing age should take place rather than relying on wrist x-rays.

Response to the Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services (PDF 1.2MB)
August 2011
The ACCG provided suggestions around the use of the term parent within the body of the charter, acknowledging the broader category of carer not just the biological parent.  They also suggested a child and young person version of the Charter be produced, and not setting a specific age for the provision of legal medical consent. 

Compulsory Participation Plans and Support for Teenage Parents - Targeted Locations (PDF 128.6KB)
August 2011
While supportive of programs to better equip young mothers to enter the workforce, the ACCG sought clarification about the initiative including: whether other government programs designed to assist young parents to enter the work force will be rolled out at the same time; measures to ensure the wellbeing of children; and how this trial modifies the current rights of teenage parents accessing the parenting payment.

Comment on the Commonwealth Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games (PDF 1.2MB)
July 2011
The ACCG provided comment on the draft guidelines and gave support to them as far as they relate to not classifying games that depict any child sexual abuse or any other exploitative or offensive depictions of children under 18 years. 

Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Review of National Classifications Scheme (PDF 182.1KB)
July 2011
The ACCG made  a number of recommendations to the ALRC review which centre on three points, the best interests of the child, children’s access to media and protection from harm.

Review of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) (PDF 131.5KB)
May 2011
The ACCG made a number of recommendations and suggested a more thorough review is required and should consider the income or asset schemes that better match contemporary parental responsibilities and assistance provided for young people transitioning to adulthood.

Inclusions of Children in Out-of-Home-Care Under the Medicare Benefits Scheme - Primary Care Items for Medical Health Assessment (PDF 1.5MB)
December 2010
The ACCG advocated for the inclusion of Australian children and young people living in out- of-home care under the Medicare Benefits Scheme Primary Care Items for Medical Health Assessments.

ACCG Joint Submission: Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 Senate Inquiry (PDF 456.8KB)
December 2010
The ACCG supports a national rights-based advocate for children and young people conditional on this role working from a national and international perspective and that there is no duplication or overlap of the roles and functions of the state and territory Commissioners and Guardians.  

ACCG Joint Submission: Children's Commissioner's and Guardian's Submission to the Commonwealth Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 - Exposure Draft (PDF 831.3KB)
December 2010
The ACCG is broadly supportive of most of the proposed amendments, which seek to prioritise children's safety and wellbeing above other considerations.

ACCG Joint Submission: National Indigenous Education Action Plan (PDF 55.2KB)
February 2010
Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) consider the issue of Indigenous education a critical area to address and of great national significance.

ACCG Joint Submission: R18 Classification for Computer Games (PDF 182.1KB)
26 Feb 2010
The Commissioners and Guardians do NOT support the introduction of an R18+classification category for computer games.

ACCG Joint Submission: National Model Occupational Health and Safety Act (PDF 24.3KB)
03 Dec 2009
Young workers, especially those working for the first time, are at a higher risk of sustaining an injury or illness at work. We consider that an improved focus on the health needs of children and young people will assist to reduce workplace risk.

ACCG Joint Submission: National Human Rights Consultation (PDF 92.2KB)
29 Jun 2009
Joint  submission by the NSW, ACT, Tasmanian, WA and SA Children’s Commissioners and Guardians to the National Human Rights Consultation,  based on consultations with over 140 children and young people in NSW.

ACCG Joint Submission: Response to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Interim Report A Healthier Future for All Australians (PDF 26.3KB)
March 2009
The Commissioners and Guardians welcome and support the themes, key reform directions and principles presented in the interim report and welcome the NHHRC’s commitment to improve health outcomes for children and young people and invest in prevention of injury and illness.

ACCG Joint Submission: Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBICDE) ABC and SBS Review (PDF 33.6KB)
December 2008
Joint submission by the NSW, Queensland, Tasmanian, WA and ACT Commissioners for Children and Young People in response to "ABC and SBS: Towards a Digital Future"

ACCG Joint Submission: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) National Disability Strategy (PDF 480.2KB)
December 2008
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oint submission by the NSW, Queensland, SA, Victorian, Tasmanian, WA, NT and ACT Commissioners for Children and Young People on the National Disability Strategy.

ACCG Joint Submission: Australia's Future Tax System Review (PDF 103.9KB)
October 2008
Joint submission by the NSW, Queensland, Tasmanian, WA and ACT Commissioners for Children and Young People Commissioners to Australia’s Future Tax System Review.

ACCG Joint Submission: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Draft Children's Television Standards 2008 (PDF 32KB)
October 2008
Joint submission by the NSW, ACT, SA, Queensland, Tasmanian and WA Commissioners for Children and Young People in response to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Draft Children’s Television Standards 2008.

ACCG Joint Submission: National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (PDF 116KB)
October 2008
Joint submission by the NSW, ACT, Queensland, Tasmanian and WA Commissioners for Children and Young People in response to the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care discussion paper.

ACCG Joint Submission: Which Way Home? A New Approach to Homelessness' Green Paper on Homelessness (PDF 159.4KB)
July 2008
Joint  submission made the by the NSW Commission and the WA Commission for Children and Young People to the Australian Government 'Which Way Home? A New Approach to Homelessness' Green Paper on Homelessness.

ACCG Joint Submission: Children's Television Standards Review (PDF 75.9KB)
August 2007
Joint submission to the children's television standards review with the Asia Pacific Association of Children's Commissioners (APACC).