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This paper outlines a proposed model for the establishment of a National Commissioner that is based on examples of strongest compliance and provides concrete guidance for federal government decision-makers on the key elements required to establish an effective National Commissioner.

Key Recommendations/Findings:

  • SNAICC’s 2019 Position Paper outlines the clear and compelling case for the establishment of a National Commissioner that is dedicated to advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and young people across Australia. These reasons include: The clear need to develop and implement solutions to address the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, preventing them from falling through the cracks of Australia's federal system.
  • This Options Paper identifies a number of challenges to implementation and efficacy that arise across the various commissioner models; such as inadequate and insecure funding, and a lack of political impartiality or autonomy from government.
  • Consistent with best practice in self-determination the National Commissioner should be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The office of the National Commissioner should comprise staff representative of the diverse segments of Australian society, with consideration of gender, ethnicity and minority status.
  • The National Commissioner should develop, formalise and maintain working relationships with other domestic institutions established for the promotion and protection of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, such as SNAICC.

 

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