Since the release of the Every chance for every child discussion paper in 2012, feedback from the community has been pivotal in shaping the draft legislation.
Over this period, the clear message received from parents, carers and families is that the Government should establish a Commissioner for Children and Young People.
The draft legislation proposed an independent Commissioner for Children and Young People, with the Commissioner having a role in advocating for children and young people as well as promoting awareness of their rights, views and interests.
The Bill also proposed the establishment of a Child Development Council made up of community members, parents, caregivers and government representatives. Key responsibilities proposed for the Council included an Outcomes Framework, as well as the drafting of a Charter for Children and Young People.
This Bill aims to protect the care and rights of children and young people in every aspect of Government and build a stronger network of support.
Creating a Commissioner for Young People is currently at this stage
The consultation period is closed on 24 October 2013 and is currently pending outcome.