Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

On 28 July 2016, the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (the Royal Commission).

The Royal Commission has been established to enable the swift inquiry into the treatment of children detained in detention facilities administered by the Government of the Northern Territory. The Royal Commission will also examine the child protection system in the Northern Territory, which operates when children can’t live with their parents and when the Northern Territory Government decides that parents need help to care for their children.

The Royal Commission commenced on 6 September 2016 in Darwin. More information is available on the Royal Commission’s website.

Support services

The Australian Government is committed to funding organisations in the Northern Territory to provide community-based support services including counsellors, therapeutic support, health, and mental health support for children, young people, their families and others impacted by the Royal Commission. Further information on these support services will be provided shortly.

More information about support services can be found at the Royal Commission’s website.

Assistance for witnesses

Any person who is called to appear as a witness before a public hearing of the Royal Commission may be able to claim expenses or apply for legal financial assistance.

You can call the Royal Commission on 1800 604 604, if you require travel and accommodation to attend the hearings, or if you have any special requirements.

More information, including an application form for witness expenses, can be found at the Royal Commission’s website.

More information

Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

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