To protect Aboriginal children from abuse
On 21 June 2007 the former Australian Government announced the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) to protect Aboriginal children from abuse and build the basis for a better future.
The immediate nature of the response reflected the first recommendation of the Little Children are Sacred report from the Northern Territory Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse – which asked that ‘Aboriginal child sexual abuse in the Northern Territory be designated as an issue of urgent national significance by both the Australian and Northern Territory governments...’.
The current Government has continued most NTER measures in full and on 6 June 2008 announced a comprehensive and independent review. The review will assess what is working and what may need to be changed. Further information is available on the NTER Review website.