Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory
The submission to the Productivity Commission regarding its Issues Paper on Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory (Issues Paper) was prepared by the Law Council and the Law Society Northern Territory (LSNT).
The Law Council and LSNT welcome this study noting that it implements a recommendation of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (NT Royal Commission).
Rather than providing a detailed response to each of the questions in the Issues Paper, the Law Council and LSNT wish to raise some high level points that may guide the Productivity Commission’s study.
In particular, it makes comments regarding the study’s scope and provides some suggested guiding principles and issues for consideration regarding funding decisions and frameworks. Where relevant, the Law Council draws on its Justice Project, which was a national review into the state of access to justice in Australia, focusing on groups experiencing significant disadvantage, including children and young people.
You can read the full submission below.