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

 Media protocol – For community consultations

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (the Commission) recognises that the media has an important role to play in reporting on its work.

The Commission will be conducting or attending a number of community consultations, including community meetings, which will occur in a range of locations in the Northern Territory.

  • Details: dates and locations of community consultations will be published on the Commission’s website in advance, and media will be notified after details are finalised.
  • Media facilities: There will be no media facilities at community consultation venues, and there will be no live streaming available.
  • Media access and sign-in: All media who wish to attend community consultation must notify the Media and Communications officer from the Royal Commission as soon as possible in advance of the community consultation. The Commission may use its discretion to allow media access. Media must sign-in with nominated officers of the Royal Commission on each day that they attend a community consultation.
  • Recording and filming: The Commission will not permit filming (including sound recording) or still photography at community consultations, either inside or outside the venue. Cameras and recording equipment are strictly prohibited at all community consultation venues.  Mobile phones, tablets and other devices must be switched off or placed on silent while at community consultation venues. The Commission may publish still photographs on its website after a community consultation. There will be no pool media arrangement at community consultations.
  • Non-publication orders: The Commission has powers to direct that any evidence not be published. It is the responsibility of the media to comply with any non-publication orders, which will be published on the Commission's website.
  • Transcripts and reports: The Commission will not publish transcripts or reports on community consultations. Media may take notes during the community consultation/s, but should not attribute views expressed during consultations to individuals.
  • Interviews: Interviews with witnesses, Counsel Assisting and members of the public will not be facilitated by the Commission and are not permitted at the venues of community consultation.

If you have any questions, please call the Media and Communication team on 0439 874 953.