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Parliament agrees to Government Bill to establish a Commissioner for Children

19 October 2016

The establishment of a Commissioner for Children and Young People is now underway, after Parliament passed the enabling legislation.

The Commissioner will have powers equivalent to a royal commission to investigate the rights, development and wellbeing of children at a systemic level. The Commissioner’s office will also have discretion to investigate individual cases where it believes a systemic issue is involved.

The law is in line with recommendations made by the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.

Read the official media release for more information.