Scott Morrison missed an opportunity to bring the voices of children to the federal cabinet table in his reshuffle, Children's Commissioner Anne Hollonds says.
The prime minister this week announced seven women would be in his cabinet, with specific portfolios dealing with women's safety and economic security.
The move followed a political maelstrom involving a historical rape allegation against a minister, the alleged rape of a staffer in Parliament House and a backbencher accused of taking a lewd photograph of a woman.
Ms Hollonds said Mr Morrison had acknowledged the "sexual assault pandemic" needed senior level oversight.
However, she says he missed the chance to do more for children who faced increasing rates of abuse, as well as other problems such as mental health and declining education standards.
The children's portfolio is held by Queensland MP Michelle Landry, an assistant minister.
"It's time, I think, that children were at the cabinet table, not just at the kitchen table," she told the ABC.
One of the issues raised during the debate over women's safety has been consent, which Ms Hollonds said required "national leadership" to find a solution.
"For example, the widespread viewing of online pornography from a very early age, has - we now know from research - affected attitudes to women," she said.
"We need to work together on this."
Women's Safety Minister Anne Ruston, who was given the role in the reshuffle, said her number one priority would be achieving zero cases of domestic and family violence.
"If there was one good thing that has come out of all the terrible allegations is we are having a conversation with Australia and hopefully the heightened level of awareness that we can actually get some real change," Senator Ruston told Sky News.
"It's not the government that is going to solve this - it's about the whole of Australia."
She said it was important to start with the issue of disrespectful behaviour before it escalated into something more serious.
"We have an opportunity where we can make change more quickly and effectively than possibly we would have been able to in the past."