Zoë Robinson has been appointed NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) for five years following a productive 12-month stint while acting in the role.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said Ms Robinson had worked hard to elevate the voices of young people throughout her career and would continue to be a strong voice for children and young people in NSW.
“Zoë Robinson is a champion for children and young people and I look forward to working closely with her to ensure the voices of young people are at the heart of Government decision making,” Mr Ward said.
The Advocate for Children and Young People promotes the wellbeing of children and young people across the State by engaging with them and encouraging their participation in decisions that affect their lives.
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said Ms Robinson had also been instrumental in representing the views of young people in regional NSW.
“This year has been a tough one for kids in the bush and the ACYP has an important role in making sure the voices of regional youth are elevated through to the highest levels of Government,” Mrs Taylor said.
Ms Robinson has worked hard to support, listen and advocate for children and young people aged zero to 24 years across NSW with a particular focus on those doing it tough.
“I have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of children and young people every day. I look forward to continuing to bring focus to the issues that are important to children and young people in NSW and ensuring that they have a voice in the decisions that affect them,” Ms Robinson said.
The ACYP is an independent statutory office reporting to the NSW Parliament through the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Children and Young People.