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.

Access to information on how Tasmania’s children and young people are faring at a population level can assist us better plan and deliver policy and programmatic responses aimed at promoting their health and wellbeing.

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 has released an updated version of this report – The Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018 – providing updated data, where more recently released data are available, while including 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.


Interim Commissioner Clements has also published a companion document, developed particularly for readers who are children and young people, called Tasmania’s Children and Young People in 2018. The purpose of this child-friendly version is to assist children and young people to engage with the story that the data tell.

Download the child-friendly version here.