Children & Young People

From 1 April 2016, the ACT Human Rights Commission expanded to include the functions of the Victims of Crime Commissioner and advocacy functions of the Public Advocate.

Jodie Griffiths-Cook is the Public Advocate and Children & Young People Commissioner.

The Children and Young People Commissioner (CYPC) and Public Advocate (PA) are independent statutory offices created under the Human Rights Commission Act 2005. This means that the CYPC and PA are funded by the ACT Government, but is independent from the Government.

The CYPC has a number of roles, including:

Put simply, the role of the CYPC is to help make Canberra a better place for children and young people.

If you would like to know more, or you would like to talk with the CYPC, please phone 6205 2222, or email

Or, you can visit the CYPC at Level 2, 11 Moore Street, Canberra City (corner of Rudd and Moore Streets).

The CYPC is open between 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

More information about the Public Advocate is at the