Guardianship and independent legal representation for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Australia

Avoiding a Conflict of Interest

Comments and feedback sought on discussion paper

The National Children's and Youth Law Centre has drafted a discussion paper on the issues of guardianship and the need for independent legal representation for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Australia and we're looking for comments and feedback. 

If you think you might be interested in providing feedback, please direct all communications to 

You can download a copy of the discussion paper here

For more information or advice about the law applying to refugees and people seeking asylum, you should contact the Refugees Advice and Casework Service (RACS) on (02) 9114 1600 (Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am to 12pm).

5th Juvenile Justice Summit

The 5th Annual National Juvenile Justice Summit will be held on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th March 2014, at the Rydges in Melbourne.

A comprehensive two day program will feature emerging developments in juvenile justice, intervention, diversion and rehabilitation programs, risk assessment and risk management training for staff working in the youth justice and community workforce, Indigenous youth programs, education and employment opportunities and much more.

For more information or to register, visit

New Voices/New Laws

In partnership with Children’s Legal Services of Legal Aid NSW, we launched a project to give young people meaningful information about the laws that can apply to sexting and cyber bullying and to survey their opinions on the fairness of these laws. To see what young people had to say, see our report and our prezi.

To learn more about the laws that can apply, see our prezis:

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