Northside Community Service welcomes the commencement of Jodie Griffiths-Cook to the expanded role of Public Advocate and Children & Young People Commissioner.

The ACT was the first jurisdiction in Australia to appoint an independent public commissioner under a human rights framework for children and young people, which paved the way for the creation of the National Children’s Commissioner. We are pleased that this role will continue under the recent restructure of the Human Rights Commission.

Northside hopes that the Commissioner will continue the strong work of consultation and advocacy that was demonstrated by Alasdair Roy during his time in the role.

Northside also hopes that a strong focus on the voices and experiences of children under the age of 5 will be clearly embedded in the work of the Commissioner. The ACT has a history of engaging well with children and young people across a variety of projects and plans, and a review of consultation processes to ensure that creative and wide-ranging ways to capture the voices of Canberra’s youngest citizens are created, extended and improved.

We look forward to working with the Commissioner as she begins her service in this role.


Simon Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer