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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.



Child Impact Assessment Guidelines

Considering children and young people in decision-making

Child Impact Assessment Form

A template to guide organisations in undertaking child impact assessments

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

Issues papers


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

More information

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.

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