Donna Ah Chee appointed Chair of Tripartite Forum

She is a highly respected Aboriginal woman with a long career in the human services sector providing a culturally informed perspective on the implementation of reforms outlined in Safe Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families.

This forum is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission report that sees representatives from the Commonwealth Government, the Northern Territory Government and the Community sector, particularly Aboriginal Controlled Organisations, together at the table to provide advice and to guide and support implementation of the reforms resulting from the Royal Commission.

The reforms being overseen by the Tripartite Forum will include child protection and youth justice systems, but also a range of related services required for vulnerable children and young people including health care, housing, education, family support, youth services, training and employment, police and justice services.

Ms Ah Chee was interviewed upon her appointment to Chair of the Tripartite Forum, acknowledging that Aboriginal children, young people and families are over-represented in the child protection and youth justice systems and collaboration is key to achieve the generational change needed.

The first meeting of the forum will take place later this month, meeting four times per year and will deliver an annual report to both the NT and Commonwealth governments as well as peak agency boards.