The National Child Protection Alliance of Australia [NCPA] is a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring the protection of Children and Young People from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The NCPA was formed by researchers, academics, child welfare/protection professionals, advocates for children, Children’s lawyers, Parents and Children and Young People of Australia to promote the Rights of Children underthe U.N. Convention and in particular:
• The Rights of Children and Young People to be protected from Harm and Exploitation
• The Rights of Children and Young People to express their own views in any judicial and administrative proceedings, and for their views to be given full account in decisions affecting their lives
NCPA Committee for 2018/2019
Niki Norris, AM
Chairperson: Niki Norris, AM
Vice Chair: Charles Pragnell
Secretary: Johnny PAce
- Kim Johnson
- Deborah Martin
- Robert Deal
- Leanne Francia
Public Officer: Johnny Pace
Expert Consultant: Charles Pragnell
Media Liaison: Cecelia Haddad
Webmaster: Paul MurphyFamily Lawyer and Legal Advisor
Niki gave vivid illustrations of the harms caused to children by appalling Family Court decisions. She has met with a great many Federal and State MPs and is unrelenting in her call for urgent investigations through a Royal Commission.
The NCPA has been calling for a Royal Commission for the last decade, after the ‘Shared Parenting’ amendments of 2005-2006 had disastrous consequences leading to abuses of many thousands of children throughout Australia. The late Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs and Charles Pragnell, Vice Chairman of the NCPA, were instrumental in initiating the calls at that time for a Royal Commission into such occurrences.
The NCPA also pressed for the Senate Inquiry into the Family Courts and which took place in 2017, but which was nullified when Attorney-General Brandis and Chief Justice Diana Bryant refused to give evidence. They would not have been able to do so with a Royal Commission and so the NCPA continues to pursue that avenue as well.
On 4th May 2017, the Chair of the National Child Protection Alliance, Nicolette Norris AM, was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia. Her investiture took place at NSW Government House and was presented to her by Governor David Hurley.
Niki received this Award for significant service to the community, particularly to the rights, protection and welfare of children.
Having won the Heathcote 2015, Local Woman of the Year Award, Niki Norris attended the Women of the Year Awards Luncheon at NSW Parliament House, with other local awardees. With her are the Minister for Families and Community Services, Pru Goward and Niki’s local member for Heathcote, Lee Evans.