The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (Tripartite Forum) held a special meeting with the Productivity Commission to discuss the study into expenditure for children in the Northern Territory.
The Tripartite Forum discussed the importance of increased cooperation between the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments and with local communities in order to improve outcomes for children and families. The Tripartite Forum shared a draft Coordinated Funding Framework concept paper developed by the Forum over the last twelve months as a mechanism to support increased cooperation and collaboration in the planning, funding and implementation of services.
The Productivity Commission welcomed the opportunity to speak with the Tripartite Forum about what good practice for funding children and family services looks like in the Northern Territory and sought the views of Forum members on implementing a place based and public health approach to funding services to children and families.
The Forum identified a number of key elements that should be central to future funding arrangements including:
The draft report from the Productivity Commission is due in November 2019. The Commission agreed that the meeting was a valuable discussion and agreed to further engage with the Forum through the study as a key stakeholder.
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