World Children’s Day, 20 November: Australia and the Rights of the Child


Friday, 20th November, 2020

1.30pm-2.30pm AEDT

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Australia, as a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), is obliged to report periodically to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the independent experts mandated to monitor the implementation of the rights in the Convention.

In September 2019 the Committee issued its Concluding Observations on the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of Australia. They include recommendations for Australian governments to comply with their obligations to the rights of all children in Australia. In 2019 the Committee also published General Comment Number 24 on children’s rights in juvenile justice.

On World Children’s Day this webinar will explore these recommendations. It will discuss the progress made, such as the ACT’s decision to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility, as well as challenges in implementing the Committee’s recommendations and the application of the CRC in Australia’s states and territories.

This webinar will be the first in a series bringing together practitioners and academic experts to develop greater knowledge and understanding of the CRC, and its relevance to Australia’s children.

NOTE: At least half an hour will be allocated for questions and answers, and comments


Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People Victoria.

Roxanne Moore, Executive Officer National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.


Dr Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW, Book Review Editor, The International Journal of Children's Rights.

Associate Professor Faith Gordon, Deputy Associate Dean of Research, ANU College of Law, The Australian National University and Director of the International Youth Justice Network.

Who should attend

All welcome. The webinar will be of particular interest to:

  • NGOs
  • Federal, state and territory government officials interested in how to implement the CRC
  • Indigenous rights advocates
  • Children’s rights commissioners and staff
  • Social and children’s services providers and practitioners
  • Students and members of the public

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