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Contributions made by children and young people should be recognised for their value and merit and given due consideration in decision making.

All agencies whose work affects children and young people are encouraged to involve them in decision making.

The Commissioner provides information for agencies that are planning to involve children and young people in their work and decision making.

'Speaking Out' reports

The Commissioner is committed to consulting children and young people on their views about a range of matters that affect their wellbeing. To access the Commissioner's Speaking Out' reports that describe what children and young people have to say, enter Speaking Out in the search bar in the top right-hand corner of the website.



Indicators of Wellbeing

The Commissioner has developed this practical online data resource to monitor and report on the wellbeing of WA’s children and young people.

ACCG Joint Participation Paper 2018

This report reflects the consistent themes from a sampling of consultations undertaken by Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians with approximately 15,000 children and young people across Australia between late 2015 and early 2018.

School and learning consultation - Technical report

Speaking out about school and learning - The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning

Speaking out about school and learning - Summary report

Issues Papers

Issues Papers


Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Children and young people speak out about being acknowledged and involved in decisions

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Wellbeing research project



Submission to the National Contributing Life Project, May 2013

A National Contributing Life Methodology

Submission to the Department of Commerce, August 2009

Independent Review of the Western Australian Industrial Relations System

Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training, January 2009

Inquiry 'combining school and work: supporting successful youth transitions'

Submission to the Attorney General's Department, July 2008

Australian Government's Draft Fourth Report under the Convention on the Rights of the Child

More Information

More Information

Participation toolkit for children under 12 years of age

Commissioner for Children Tasmania



Commissioner's Participate Award - WA Youth Awards

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award recognises a young person aged 12 to 17 years who has shown outstanding dedication to make a positive change in their community, and who has inspired other young people to get involved.

Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards

Since 2015, the Commissioner has sponsored the Children’s Consultation Award. Involving children and young people in discussions on issues supports them to make informed decisions about their own lives and ensures strategies meet their needs. This category looks for innovative strategies LG’s are implementing to give young people a voice. Read more about the Local Governments Report Card Awards.

Involving children with disability seminar 2013

The Involving children with disability seminar was held on 28 November 2013 to support organisations’ meaningful inclusion of children and young people with disability in their work and decision making.

Participation Guidelines - examples

As citizens, children and young people should be involved in decision making that affects their lives. Government and non-government organisations have an important role to play in ensuring children and young people’s views are heard and reflected in their policies, programs and services.

The Commissioner has developed guidelines to assist organisations to involve children and young in ways which benefit both the organisation and children and young people.

The guidelines include examples of the great work occurring around Western Australia. Further projects are detailed on the participation examples page.

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