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Children’s Week

21 - 29 October 2023

Children’s Week is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship held on the fourth Wednesday of October in Australia to coincide with Universal Children’s Day. Each year the theme of Children’s Week highlights a particular Children’s Right.

The Children’s Week National Theme for 2023 is based on UNCRC Article 31: Children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities.

More information about resources and activities relating to Children’s Week 2023 will be added to this page closer to the date.

Want to get involved with Children’s Week?

Children’s Week is run by different organisations in each state and territory and many of these have their own websites. To link to information about Children’s Week in your state or territory go to the national Children’s Week website. NAPCAN coordinates Children’s Week in the Northern Territory (see this page) and is also a member of the Queensland Children’s Week Committee.

Organise, join or register an event

Behind the theme...

To find out more about the importance of play and how we can talk about play in a way that is most engaging and helpful, see the Core Story for Early Learning and Development research. For simple tips, you can download the Quick Start Guide here, or see the extracts about play below.



Download the Children's Voices Activity

The aim of this activity is to provide a simple tool to help community organisations and groups to start listening to, and acting on, the views of children and young people.

Importantly, it’s not just about listening, but actually doing something – and keeping children involved and informed as much as possible.

Download the Children's Rights Activity

Children and young people learn and grow when they can choose their own friends, set up or join groups, come together to have their say, and have adults who help them to connect safely.

We’ve created the Children’s Rights Activity to to invite children and young people to tell us about ways they connect with others, and why this is important to them. Download the Children’s Rights Activity.

Children's Rights Activity

  • Did you plan an activity? Talk about an issue? Set up a group? Do something fun together?
  • Max. file size: 10 MB.
  • I understand that by submitting my Children's Rights Activity, I give permission for NAPCAN to use the information I have provided on their website, social media and Children’s Week displays.

NAPCAN's involvement in Children's Week

In addition to supporting Children’s Week at the national level, NAPCAN is directly involved at the state and territory level in:

  • Northern Territory – NAPCAN coordinates Children’s Week and is a member of the Children’s Week Council of Australia. For more information about Children’s Week in the NT visit NAPCAN’s NT Children’s Week page.
  • Queensland – NAPCAN is a member of the state Children’s Week Committee. For more information see the Queensland Children’s Week website.