The role of the Commissioner for Children and Young People is to advocate for all children and young people across Tasmania, including promoting, monitoring and reviewing the wellbeing of Tasmania’s children and young people generally.
In February 2020, Commissioner McLean released her report Investing in the Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People which proposes improving the wellbeing of children and young people by bringing it to the centre of government policy and decision-making. The report includes recommendations aimed at overcoming some of the factors that have hampered our efforts to improve the wellbeing of children and young people to date. The report recommends that Tasmania develops a long-term, cross-partisan strategy to improve the wellbeing of Tasmanian children and young people, led by the Cabinet of the day. It also recommends that increased investments need to be made in the first 1,000 days of children’s lives, including during pregnancy, and reducing fragmentation of effort in service delivery.
The full report can be downloaded here.
In 2016, former Commissioner Morrissey initiated the publication of a report on the health and wellbeing of Tasmania’s children, young people and their families. This report brought together, for the first time, a range of publicly available data on Tasmania’s children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Former Commissioner Morrissey released a consolidated version of this report in September 2017.
Download the September 2017 report here.
In August 2018, Interim Commissioner Clements released an updated version of this report – The Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018. This provides updated data, where more recently released data are available, and also includes some additional data.
The 2018 Report includes demographic data, data pertaining to early childhood and the transition to school, and middle childhood and adolescence, and data relating to targeted support for children and young people.
It is designed to provide individuals, community members, professionals, members of government and non-government organisations, and children and young people, with a picture of the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Tasmania.
The publication of the 2018 Report represents a contribution to the collective work necessary to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmania’s children and young people.
Download the August 2018 report here.