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The Children’s Week Council of Australia is responsible for encouraging and supporting the widest possible participation of all States and Territories in Children’s Week. Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia held around the fourth Wednesday in October.  A diverse range of events and activities are organised at National, State and Local levels. These focus the attention of the wider community on children, their rights and achievements. Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood.

Celebrate Children's Week

Click on a State or Territory below to find out more about Children’s Week celebrations near you:

Northern Territory


New South Wales



South Australia

Western Australia

Children's Week Theme 2023

The Children’s Week National Theme for 2023 is based on UNCRC Article 31:

Children have the right to relax, play and take part in activities they enjoy.

Children’s Week 2023 will be held between 21 October – 29 October 2023. 

Play Matters Resources!

Play Matters Australia has launched two new picture books to celebrate the 2023 Children’s Week theme.

‘I Can’t Wait to Play’ by Dannika Patterson

The light is soft. A brand new day. And I just cannot wait to PLAY! All children have the right to play – it’s the work they need to do! It’s how they learn, develop, and grow!

‘I Can’t Wait to Play’ is an enriching book for families with young children that celebrates the world of play. Every child has the right to play, and Dannika Patterson’s ‘I Can’t Wait to Play’ captures the joy and accidental play parents, carers, and grandparents can bring into everyday life.

‘Let’s Play’ by Karen Tyrrell

Come discover all the fun and exciting ways children play. From supporting children’s development, to the joys of playing together, there’s plenty to celebrate about play!

‘Let’s Play’ is a fun, engaging story for families with young children to encourage playing, singing and growing together. ‘Let’s Play’ supports the evidence-based Sing&Grow approach of strengthening family relationships and building capacity in parents to support their children’s development.

Minister's Children's Week Message 2023

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