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

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The Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory was established to enable the swift inquiry into the treatment of children detained in detention facilities and child protection in the Northern Territory.

It was the job of the Royal Commission to uncover where the systems had failed and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices in the Northern Territory to provide a safer future for our children.

The Letters Patent formally appointed the Royal Commissioners, the Hon Margaret White AO and Mr Mick Gooda, and outlined the terms of reference for this inquiry.

The Report of the Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament on 17 November 2017. This report can be found here.

What is a Royal Commission?

A Royal Commission is a special investigation into a matter of great importance. In this case, it is the treatment of children in detention centres and the child protection system in the Northern Territory.

More information about Royal Commissions can be found on the Fact sheets page.