25 years since Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), one in six children in Australia live below the poverty line and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to face significant disadvantage.
That evidence was highlighted in a new report by the Australian Child Rights Taskforce, launched at the Australian Human Rights Commission on Friday 10 June. The Child Rights Taskforce is made up of advocates, service providers, individuals and experts all focused on achieving child rights in Australia. A Steering Committee of seven organisations and experts, including HRLC's Director of Advocacy, Ben Schokman, leads the Taskforce.
CRC25 – Australian Child Rights Progress Report also detailed specific groups of children that are more likely to experience poverty, discrimination, social exclusion and disadvantage, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, LGBTI children, children from rural areas, children with disabilities and children from migrant backgrounds.
The report made a number of significant recommendations, including for the Australian Government to set a national agenda for children. Find out more here.