Children and Families Tripartite Forum

The Children and Families Tripartite Forum is a key component of the reform program. The forum’s purpose is to address an identified need for structured and sustained high level engagement between the Northern Territory Government, Commonwealth Government and community sector regarding children experiencing vulnerability, young people and families, and child protection and youth justice issues.

The Children and Families Tripartite Forum membership includes the Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments and the community sector represented by Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT), the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS); and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

  • The role of the Tripartite Forum is to provide advice to the Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments to guide and support the implementation of the agreed reform agenda arising from the Royal Commission report including:
    enable and facilitate cross-government, inter-agency and inter-sectoral cooperation, coordination and collaboration in delivering the reform agenda and services for children and young people experiencing vulnerability including those in the youth justice and child protection systems;
  • work collaboratively with other relevant bodies as appropriate in light of the broad-based influence of social determinants on the life course of individuals including their potential interaction with child protection or youth justice services;
  • provide strategic oversight and monitor the development and implementation of the ten year Generational Strategy and key reforms for children and families in the Northern Territory; and
  • provide strategic advice and facilitate integrated efforts in relation to community engagement and supporting Local Decision Making to help ensure that local engagement is coordinated, purposeful and shaped as far as possible by the interests and preferences of local communities

The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) is chaired by Ms Donna Ah Chee and held its inaugural meeting in Alice Springs on 23 July 2018.

Download the Tripartite Forum Terms of Reference here PDF (575.2 KB)