The mission of the National Centre For Australian Children’s Literature Inc. is to enhance the appreciation of Australian children’s literature by collecting, preserving and making available wide-ranging resources through programs, events and exhibitions.

Lu Rees, the founding President of the ACT Branch of The Children’s Book Council of Australia, proposed in 1974 that there should be a collection of research files about Australian children’s authors and illustrators together with a collection of their books.

In 1980 this collection was deposited at the University of Canberra Library so it could be publicly available. The National Centre is an incorporated body in the ACT, with a Board.