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

 Report

The Report of the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was tabled in Parliament on 17 November 2017.

Media Release [PDF 295KB]

Read the Voices of the Commission series

If you require documents on this page in a different accessible format please contact ChildDetentionNT@royalcommission.gov.au

Read the Final Report

Each volume of the Final Report is available in PDF or as a flipbook. Access each volume by clicking on the links below. You can navigate to the contents page of each flipbook by pressing the ‘home key”’ or by pressing Fn + left arrow if you are on Mac.

  • Volume 1 [PDF 6.6MB]
  • Volume 1
    • Letter to the Governor-General, Letter to the Chief Minister
    • Executive Summary
    • Glossary
    • Terms of Reference
    • Chapter 1 – The work of the Commission
    • Chapter 2 – Personal stories
    • Chapter 3 – Context and challenges
    • Chapter 4 – Challenges for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory
    • Chapter 5 – Human rights
    • Chapter 6 – Funding and expenditure
    • Chapter 7 – Community engagement
  • Volume 2A [PDF 10MB]
  • Volume 2A
    • Chapter 8 – Detention experiences
    • Chapter 9 – The purpose of youth detention
    • Chapter 10 – Detention facilities
    • Chapter 11 – Detention centre operations
    • Chapter 12 – Verbal abuse, excessive control and humiliation
    • Chapter 13 – Use of force
    • Chapter 14 – Isolation
    • Chapter 15 – Health, mental health and children at risk
    • Chapter 16 – Education in detention
    • Chapter 17 – Girls in detention
    • Chapter 18 – Culture in detention
  • Volume 2B [PDF 11.1MB]
  • Volume 2B
    • Chapter 19 – Case management and exit planning
    • Chapter 20 – Detention centre staff
    • Chapter 21 – Record keeping
    • Chapter 22 – Detention system oversight
    • Chapter 23 – Leadership and management
    • Chapter 24 – Leaving detention and throughcare
    • Chapter 25 – The path into detention
    • Chapter 26 – Other youth justice and youth detention models
    • Chapter 27 – Reshaping youth justice
    • Chapter 28 – A new model for youth detention
  • Volume 3A [PDF 22.2MB]
  • Volume 3A
    • Chapter 29 – Child protection experiences
    • Chapter 30 – The child protection landscape
    • Chapter 31 – Engagement in child protection
    • Chapter 32 – Entry into the child protection system
    • Chapter 33 – Children in out of home care
    • Chapter 34 – Legislation and legal process
  • Volume 3B [PDF 12.7MB]
  • Volume 3B
    • Chapter 35 – Crossover Between Child Protection and Youth Detention
    • Chapter 36 – Sexual Health and Harm
    • Chapter 37 – Child Protection Oversight
    • Chapter 38 – Early Support
    • Chapter 39 – Changing the Approach to Child Protection
  • Volume 4 [PDF 1.6MB]
  • Volume 4
    • Chapter 40 – A Commission for Children and Young People
    • Chapter 41 – Data and information-sharing
    • Chapter 42 – Further structural and legislative considerations
    • Chapter 43 – Implementing reform
    • Appendices

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Findings and Recommendations

All findings and recommendations contained throughout the report have been pulled together in a single document.

Findings and Recommendations [PDF 1.28MB]

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Report Overview

An easy-to-digest and condensed overview of the key findings and recommendations of the final report has been prepared.

Report Overview [PDF 1.9MB]

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NTRC App

NTRC app

The Commission has developed a mobile app for Apple and Android devices. This app contains the final report, an overview of the final report, the Voices of the Commission series, videos of community members giving their thoughts on the work of the Commission, personal stories from witnesses who appeared at the Commission and other material developed by the Commission.

This app can be found by searching NTRC in the App Store or on Google Play

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Translated Overview

An overview of the work of the Commission has been recorded in the following Aboriginal languages from across the Northern Territory. Click on the links below to listen.

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