The Australian Government is pleased to present Australia’s joint fifth and sixth report under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), second report on the Optional Protocol to the convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and second report on the Optional Protocol to the convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).
This report demonstrates Australia’s commitment to furthering the rights of children. The Australian, State and Territory governments devote significant resources to ensuring Australian children are able to reach their full potential and realise the rights set out in the CRC and Optional Protocols.
This report includes information on steps taken to address issues raised by the Committee in its Concluding Observations on Australia’s last CRC, OPSC and OPAC reports and explains major developments in Australia’s programs, policies and laws related to the rights of the child since that time. The reporting period for this report is June 2012 to 15 January 2018.
This report has been prepared in accordance with the harmonised treaty-specific reporting guidelines. Due to word and page constraints, Appendices mirror each chapter’s structure and provide additional details on specific programs and policies to advance children’s rights.
The Attorney-General’s Department welcomes comments and feedback on this draft report.
Responses must be received by 20 November 2017. The final report will be provided to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in January 2018, as requested by the Committee.