"This is an historic investment in generational change to create a brighter future for

Territory children and families.”  Minister Dale Wakefield

The Northern Territory Government has announced an investment of more than $229.6 million over the next five years to fix the failing child protection and youth justice systems.

The Implementation Plan, entitled Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families outlines how this whole-of-government approach is embarking on historic reforms in the Territory.

The Royal Commission was established on 1 August 2016 by the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments in response to serious concerns raised about the child protection and youth detention systems in the Northern Territory.

The final report of the Royal Commission, which was delivered on 17 November 2017, included 142 findings and 227 recommendations to address the significant and extensive failings identified in both the child protection and youth justice systems.

Introducing the required changes will be a complex process that will take the combined efforts of external stakeholders, the wider community and government.

In March, the Northern Territory Government accepted the intent and direction of all 227 Royal Commission recommendations, and has mapped them into 17 work programs under four major objectives:

  1. Putting Children and Families at the Centre
  2. Improving Care and Protection
  3. Improving Youth Justice
  4. Strengthening Governance and Systems

The Implementation Plan has been informed through hundreds of hours of consultation and engagement with key stakeholders, community sector organisations and representatives of NT government agencies.

Your feedback will drive action so have your say on the best ways to engage and respect the voices of children, young people and families in the design, delivery and evaluation of services.   Email: reform.managementoffice@nt.gov.au

Download the Implementation Plan Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families

Download the Overview of the Implementation Plan Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families