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Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory

Draft report is being prepared

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 commenced 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 has released 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 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 will seek further information and feedback following the release of a draft report which is expected to be released November 2019.

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

Draft report expected to be released in November 2019.


Who are the Commissioners?

Angela MacRae

Who to contact

Marianna Olding
Ph: 03 9653 2194

Brad Ruting
Ph: 03 9653 2193


Free call: 1800 020 083

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