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Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory

The study to commence 1 April 2019

What is a study?

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

What we’ve been asked to look at

The Australian Government has 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 will look at what family and children services are being funded in the Northern Territory and how decisions about expenditure are being made. We will examine ways to improve these funding arrangements and the services they deliver.

The study will commence on 1 April 2019.

We will consult 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 plans to release an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at this early stage of the inquiry. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

The issues paper will be released in May 2019.

Draft report release

The Commission will seek further information and feedback following the release of a draft report at a date yet to be determined.

Final report to Government and release

The final study report is to be handed to the Australian Government in April 2020 and will be released shortly after.

Next milestone

Issues Paper expected to be released in May 2019.


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