Article 42 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
State Parties undertake to make the principles and provisions of the Convention widely known, by appropriate and active means, to adults and children alike.

Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in December 1990, and joins with other nations in recognising that children are both vulnerable and dependent on adults, and to ensure they are provided for and protected in their lives.  Signing the Convention signals a commitment to act in children's best interest.  As a signatory to the Convention, Australia also commits to valuing children as competent, curious and creative people with a right to participate in all aspects of life - especially to play, learn, grow and contribute to the world at large.

What can you do?


Read and learn more about children's rights and responsibilities.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Young Children

This book provides arguments, examples of work at all levels and analysis to contribute to the discussions that are needed to elevate the Convention of the Rights of the Child to its rightful place in early childhood programming as a key strategy in realising the aspirations of the Convention.

A Guide to General Comment 7: Implementing Children's Rights in Early Childhood

The UN Convention on The Rights of the Child applies to all children under 18 – but its implementation poses practical challenges when it comes to young children. This book is a guide to implementing rights in early childhood.

The Right to Play

A collection of short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Listen to Children: 2011 Child Rights NGO Report

This report was developed following consultations with over 750 children and young people and over 100 organisations and subject matter experts, as well as liaison with the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission.


Look through a wide range of resources to find materials that you can use to talk to children about their rights.

A multimedia presentation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child illustrated with Magnum photographs and voiced by Children

Unicef and Save the Children have a range of resources on Children's Rights.  Watch Unicef TV or listen to Unicef Radio. Share Children have Rights cartoons with your children.



Talk to children about their rights, their experiences of their rights, and the rights and experiences of children all over the world. Ensure that children know their rights and recognise their responsibilities in realising these rights for others.

Encourage them to talk together

Voices of Youth: A worldwide network of youth activists and global citizens


Create a drawing or artwork about children's rights. Article 31 recognises children's right to participate in artistic and cultural life. Provide time for children to respond visually to the Convention and support children's rights to have their views heard by providing space for these works to be seen.

Exhibition of Artwork by Ukrainian Children drawing their rights

"Early childhood educators guided by the Framework will reinforce in their daily practice the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the convention). The Convention states that all children have the right to an education that lays a foundation for the rest of their lives, maximises their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages. The Convention also recognises children's right to play and be active participants in all matters affecting their lives."

Belonging, being and becoming: the early years learning framework for Australia, 2009  (PDF 907.5 KB)

Produced by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments.

Children's Voices

Childrens Voices
An exhibition of drawings, paintings and linocuts made by children, expressing their own understanding and views of their human rights.
19 Oct - 19 Dec 2013
The Parlour, level 1, State Library

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