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.
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.
Involving children and young people overview and checklist
Involving children and young people: Participation guidelines
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
Participation toolkit for children under 12 years of age
Commissioner for Children Tasmania
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.