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The Commissioner

Jacqueline McGowan-Jones is the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. 

What is the Commissioner’s role?

Under the Commissioner for Children and Young People Act 2006, the Commissioner:

  • is independent and reports to the Parliament of Western Australia
  • is an advocate for all children and young people aged less than 18 years of age in WA
  • must always act in the best interests of children and young people
  • is required to give priority to the interests and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and to those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged
  • must have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A Joint Standing Committee monitors the work of the Commissioner’s office and tables their own reports to Parliament to outline their views and findings.

What does the Commissioner do?

The Commissioner works with the community to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in WA.

The Commissioner does this by:

  • consulting children and young people and promoting their views to government agencies to help improve policy, services and legislation
  • working closely with families, community groups and government to ensure the work of the office is well informed and to promote a community-wide focus to children and young people’s wellbeing
  • considering the latest evidence and data on children and young people’s wellbeing
  • conducting research or inquiries where more information is needed.

Snapshot - Role of the Commissioner

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Previous Commissioners

  • Commissioner Dr Colin Pettit - November 2015 to January 2022
  • Acting Commissioner Jenni Perkins – December 2013 to November 2015
  • Commissioner Michelle Scott – December 2007 to December 2013