Thursday, 15 March 2018

Re-appointment of National Children’s Commissioner

Media release

Today I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Ms Megan Mitchell as the full-time National Children's Commissioner.

Ms Mitchell's re-appointment will be for two years beginning on 25 March 2018.

Ms Mitchell has served as Australia's first National Children's Commissioner since 25 March 2013.

Her engagement with the laws, policies and programs that impact on children has been instrumental in improving the lives of children and young people in Australia.

Ms Mitchell's re-appointment will provide important continuity in the work she is undertaking to promote the rights of children and young people, which includes leading the Commission's engagement with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Ms Mitchell has both a strong public administration and social justice background with experience at the State and the Commonwealth level.

She has extensive experience in issues facing children and young people, having worked with children from all types of backgrounds, including undertaking significant work with vulnerable children.

The Government looks forward to continuing to work closely with Ms Mitchell and the ongoing contribution she will make to the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission in protecting and promoting the human rights of children and young people in Australia.