The South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young people is an independent position, established under the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016. This legislation was introduced to the South Australian Parliament in response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. The purpose of the legislation was to create a statutory officer with powers and functions to advocate at a systemic level to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in South Australia.
The work of the Commissioner for Children and Young People is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the core treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children.
The Commissioner promotes and advocates for the rights, interests and wellbeing of all children and young people in South Australia. The Commissioner ensures that as a part of the Commonwealth, South Australia enacts its international obligations.
The Commissioner’s four focus areas will be to:
- Place the interests of children and young people front and centre in everyday life
- Prioritise the rights and interests of those doing it tough
- Engage and empower digital citizens
- Strengthen children and young people’s participation in society