The National Children's and Youth Law Centre (‘NCYLC’, ‘the Centre’) is a Community Legal Centre dedicated to addressing human rights issues for children and young people in Australia through legal change – the only community legal centre of its kind in Australia.



Along with UNICEF Australia, the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) co-convenes the Child Rights Taskforce, Australia’s peak child rights body made up of almost 100 organisations, advocating for the protection of child rights in Australia. In 2011, the Child Rights Taskforce published the Listen to Children Report, compiled following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matters. It found that while Australia is a wonderful place for most of its children, certain children are disadvantaged by the failure of government policies.

To download a complete copy of the Listen to Children Report, click here.

We work for equality and justice for all children and young people in Australia, and aim to achieve this by advocating for young people, their rights, and access to justice. The touchstone for the Centre is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UN CROC’), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in December, 2010. Articles 12, 13 and 17 of the Convention are of critical importance to the work of the Centre, and are summarised below:

"Children have the right to information, freedom of thought and to be heard."

By developing and matching our services to the needs of our audience, the Centre provides information and advice that is relevant, timely and helpful. Lawstuff delivers online legal information about a range of topics as they relate to children, including information about their rights, in a way that they can understand and relate to. Lawstuff gives children the power and knowledge to make decisions for themselves based on the information that we provide them.

NEW: Check out our www.childrights.org.au. for information on our Child Rights NGO Report

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Winners announced: read the media release to the 2014 Children's Law Awards.