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 Northern Territory Royal Commission).

The Northern Territory Royal Commission was established to enable the swift inquiry into the treatment of children detained in detention facilities administered by the Northern Territory Government. The Northern Territory Royal Commission has also been examining 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 Northern Territory Royal Commission commenced on 6 September 2016 in Darwin. The Northern Territory Royal Commission has concluded its final set of formal public hearings and delivered its  Final Report on 17 November 2017. More information is available on the Royal Commission’s website.

Northern Territory Royal Commission Support Services

The Australian Government is committed to funding organisations in the Northern Territory to provide community-based support services to support those affected by the Royal Commission. These include counsellors, therapeutic support, health, and mental health support for children, young people, their families and others impacted by the Northern Territory Royal Commission. Three experienced organisations, Danila Dilba Health Service, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Relationships Australia Northern Territory, are funded to deliver these services until 30 June 2018.

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

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