Applications have opened for South Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People.
The position has been established under the new Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016, which was introduced to Parliament in October in response to recommendation 245 of the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.
The commissioner will advocate for the rights and interests of all children and young people in South Australia, providing a strong and independent voice for the state’s children. The ability to listen and communicate effectively with children and young people is therefore a critical aspect of the role. As such, children and young people will be invited to participate in the recruitment process.
The commissioner will have the power of a royal commission to investigate the rights, development and wellbeing of children and young people at a systemic level and ensure that South Australia meets its international obligations. They will be an independent statutory officer and will be accountable to the state’s Parliament, reporting through the Minister for Education and Child Development.
On a personal level, the commissioner will be required to demonstrate strong leadership, active community presence, sound judgement and a personal style that engenders trust and respect. Children and young people across South Australia must feel confident in the commissioner’s willingness to advocate on their behalf, giving them ‘voice’ and influence.
The appointment will be made by the Governor of South Australia, on the recommendation of the minister, for a term of up to 5 years.
Applications for the new position close on Friday 9 December 2016. As key partners in child protection reform, we encourage you to share the position details through your networks.
For further information about the role, view the Commissioner for Children and Young People job description on the Department for Education and Child Development's website.