The Play Australia Play Charter

The Play Australia Play Charter is underpinned by the actions and vision of the United Nations Convention on the
"Rights of the Child."

The right to play and informal recreation, for all children and young people up to18 years of age, is contained in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 31 includes a number of related, but distinct, rights: rest, recreation, leisure, play, participation in cultural life and the arts.

The International Play Association (IPA) aims to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental right.

International Play Association: Promoting the Child's Right to Play (7 May 2008)
IPA wrote to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Geneva, requesting that they consider the development of a General Comment. Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:

  • That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
  • That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

Play Australia is strongly committed to the future of the IPA inspite of the difficulties in participating in activities in person, given our place in the globe. We believe it is important for workers in play in particular, to be able to access good practice and to learn from each other’s knowledge and experience.

The IPA website is linked to the Play Australia website, as are other play websites around the world.

IPA Declaration of the Importance of Play 2014 - download here