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Illustration of happy children playing sports on a hillside. Celebrating Children's Week 2022, 22nd-30th October.

Children's Week is a national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children.

Each year, thousands of Victorian children take part in Children's Week festivities.

The 2022 theme is "All Children have the right to a standard of living that supports their wellbeing and healthy development", drawn from Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

During Children's Week, local councils, not-for-profit organisations, schools and early childhood services organise open days, displays, special events, virtual spaces and online-based activities. These celebrate childhood and showcase children's achievements.

All Children's Week events are free to families with children aged from birth to 12 years. It's a great opportunity for Victorian families to enjoy fun, engaging and educational experiences.

National Patron Message

National Patron of the Children’s Week Council of Australia

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Children’s Week is a reminder to all of us that every week- indeed, every day- is a time to celebrate and to nurture and love our children. This year, as I put pen to paper, I am infused with much joy as Linda and I have recently become grandparents for the third time.

The theme of Children’s Week 2022, ‘All children have the right to a standard of living that supports their healthy development and wellbeing’, reflects the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 27. The theme is particularly apt because it focuses on wellbeing, an issue that has figured prominently in the national conversation over the last 12 months.

The theme reminds us that children are not immune to the compounding impacts of the pandemic and natural disasters. It is incumbent on all carers of children to closely monitor not only their child’s wellbeing but also their own. I commend the Children’s Week Council of Australia and its affiliates for organising a range of activities and events around the country that focus on the early years, including a free national podcast with experts from the mental health sector.

Notwithstanding the pressures that many Australians are under at the present time, it is important that we make time to celebrate Children’s Week. Whether as a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent, or as a relative or friend, our children continue to surprise, amaze and bring immense joy to our lives.

Children's Week Council of Australia

To celebrate Children’s Week, the Children's Week Council of Australia proudly present a national free podcast to raise the profile of Children's Rights in Australia. Join in to hear key speakers from early education and care, advocacy, and children's health discussing the influence and responsibility families, community, and educators have on young children's social, emotional, and behavioural wellbeing.

Join online at Link to hear from:

  • Dr Kayleen Henderson
  • Assoc. Prof. Hayley Christian from Telethon Kids Institute, and
  • Hon Dr Anne Aly MP

These podcasts are made possible through the support of the Australian Government Department of Education.

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Reviewed 24 October 2022