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Expenditure on children in the Northern Territory

Final report released

What is a study?

  • Why the study?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to conduct a study into government expenditure in the Northern Territory on children and family services aimed at preventing harm to children. The Commission looked at what family and children services are being funded in the Northern Territory and how decisions about expenditure are being made. We examined ways to improve these funding arrangements and the services they deliver.

The study commenced on 1 April 2019.

We consulted widely, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and the community sector.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release

Issues paper release and initial submissions

The Commission released an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It set out some of the issues and questions the Commission had identified as relevant to the early stage of the study. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

Initial submissions were due by 10 July 2019.

Read the issues paper

Draft report release

The Commission sought further information and feedback on the draft report which is was released on 8 November 2019.

Submissions were due by 20 December 2019.

Read the draft report

Final report to Government and release

The final study report was handed to the Australian Government on 30 March 2020 and publicly released on 8 April 2020.

The report is about how the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments can work more collaboratively so their expenditure decisions improve outcomes for children and families.

Read the study report Government response

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