Information on the main measures is set out below.
An overview of the Northern Territory Emergency Response, plus information on legislation, funding and communities and prescribed areas.
- About the Northern Territory Emergency Response
The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) was announced in 2007, in response to evidence of abuse and potential neglect of children, principally in the 'Little Children Are Sacred' report.
The Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation package is made up of five key acts.
This fact sheet contains funding details for the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
- Communities and prescribed areas
The Northern Territory Emergency Response involves most Aboriginal townships and town camps in the Northern Territory. The 'prescribed areas' are defined in this fact sheet.
The Australian Government is committed to consultation and engagement with the people and communities involved in the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
- Implementation and consultation
The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) is a whole-of-government initiative. FaHCSIA oversees its implementation. The Government is committed to consultation and engagement with Northern Territory communities in improving the NTER.
- Government Business Managers
Government Business Managers have been appointed to communities to help coordinate Northern Territory Emergency Response measures on the ground.
- Northern Territory Emergency Response Taskforce
The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Taskforce was appointed by the former Australian Government to provide advice and oversee the implementation of the emergency measures in their first year.
- The role of the Army
The Australian Defence Force – the Army's NORFORCE unit – assisted with implementation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response, mainly in the first six months.
Law and order
The Northern Territory Emergency Response has introduced measures relating to increasing police presence in communities, alcohol and pornography bans, and night patrols.
- More police in communities
The Australian Government is providing more police for remote communities as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
- Alcohol bans
The Little Children are Sacred report identified alcohol abuse as the 'gravest and fastest growing threat to the safety of Aboriginal children'.
- Prohibited material
The former Australian Government changed legislation to help prevent children from being exposed to sexually explicit material within the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal communities.
- Night patrol services
As part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), night patrol services are being extended to all 73 NTER communities.
The family support package includes establishment of safe houses, increasing the capacity of the NT Government’s child-protection workforce and focusing on the wellbeing of children and young people.
- Safe houses and child protection workers
The Northern Territory and Australian Governments have provided alternative ways of protecting children and improving family safety.
- Children's services, family support and youth diversionary activities
The Northern Territory Emergency Response focuses on the wellbeing of children and young people.
Welfare reform and jobs
Legislation was passed in August 2007 to change the way welfare is administered so that money meant for children’s welfare is used for that purpose, helping to give them a better, safer future.
- Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)
The Government has announced reforms to the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program and the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP).
- Work for the Dole
Most job seekers living in remote areas of the Northern Territory now have to look for work or participate in work-related activities in order to receive income-support payments.
- Creating jobs for Indigenous people
The Government introduced changes to move Indigenous people out of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and into paid employment.
Improving child and family health
This section contains fact sheets on child health checks and follow-up treatment and other health services.
- Child health checks and follow-up services
The health components of the Northern Territory Emergency Response have evolved from their initial focus on the roll-out of child health checks into a program of follow-up service delivery.
The Northern Territory Emergency Response has provided extra resources to ensure children in communities and town camps have access to a good education.
The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) has provided extra resources to ensure children in communities and town camps have access to a good education.
Housing and land reform
This section contains information on housing and land reform initiatives in the prescribed communities.
- Community clean ups
A program to clean up communities and make urgent repairs to houses was conducted as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
- Improved housing and new tenancy arrangements
It is an Australian Government priority to provide more and better housing for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory and improve current tenancy arrangements.
- Permit system
The former Government introduced changes to the permit system for entry onto Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory, removing the necessity to obtain permits for certain people in certain circumstances.