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

 Royal Commission work plan 2017

In light of the Commonwealth Government and the Government of the Northern Territory granting the Commission an extension to 1 August 2017 to report, the Royal Commission has reviewed its proposed work plan for 2017.

The Commission plans the following hearings:

March - April 2017: hearings to examine issues relating to juvenile detention and the treatment of detainees, including:

  • the facilities
  • care, including health and education
  • administration of the detention centres including staffing and training
  • oversight, monitoring and complaints mechanisms
  • the services available to detainees on release from detention, and
  • alternatives to detention including diversion programs.

May – June 2017: hearings looking at child protection issues, including:

  • issues resulting in children entering the care and protection system
  • models of care, including kinship care
  • oversight and monitoring, and
  • any reforms needed in the current child protection system.

The Commission will hold hearings in Darwin and Alice Springs.

The Commission also plans to gather information through other processes in addition to hearings, including roundtable meetings, site visits, research and submissions. The Commission wants to hear from any person with an interest in the issues, including past and present detainees and their families, detention centre workers, the police, teachers and principals and care and protection workers.

The Commission is required to produce an Interim Report to the Commonwealth Government and the Government of the Northern Territory by 31 March 2017.