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

 Darwin hearings commencing 19 June

14 June 2017

First week of hearings

Hearings of the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory will resume in Darwin at 9.30am on Monday 19 June 2017 at the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

The Commission will hear from experts in child development and mental health, Aboriginal Community Elders, current and former case workers in the Northern Territory, current and former government staff, representatives of foster carers and resicare providers.

Witnesses expected in the first week of hearings include the former Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Robyn Lambley, the NT Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne and President of the Children’s Court of Western Australia, His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds.

It is expected that there will be more personal stories from those with experience of the care and protection system in the NT, played during the upcoming Darwin hearings. These recordings and transcripts will be accessible on an embargoed basis only to those journalists who have pre-registered with the Royal Commission. Please email media@royalcommission.gov.au to enquire about registration.

Community Forum

A community forum on the welfare and protection system in the NT will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 5pm on Thursday 22 June. The forum is open to members of the community to talk of their experiences of the protection system in the Northern Territory and will be attended by Commissioners the Hon. Margaret White AO and Mr Mick Gooda.

Further information is available at the Royal Commission website.