History and purpose of the committee
The Commissioner for Children and Young People Act 2006 ('the Act') establishes, and defines the functions of, the Commissioner for Children and Young People (‘the Commissioner’). The Commissioner's role includes advocating for children and young people in Western Australia and investigating, advising and reporting independently to Parliament about issues that concern children and young people.
On 26 June 2008, the Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People was established pursuant to section 51 of the Act. The Committee’s functions and powers were agreed to between the Houses. Tasked with monitoring, reviewing and reporting to Parliament on the exercise of the functions of the Commissioner, and examining annual and other reports of the Commissioner, the Joint Standing Committee was established to ensure the independence of that office.