Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement

In partnership with Aboriginal Territorians, the Northern Territory Government is developing the Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement. The Agreement outlines how the NT Government and Aboriginal Territorians will work together to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal people.


The NT Government has released this draft to seek input from Territorians before finalising the content of the Agreement.

The draft Agreement was developed following an extensive consultation process over two years.

In 2017 and 2018, the Aboriginal Justice Unit from the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice visited 80 Aboriginal communities and organisations, and undertook 120 consultations seeking views on how justice issues facing Aboriginal Territorians should be addressed. The Agreement is underpinned by research, evidence and the views and experiences of Aboriginal people.

The draft Agreement should be read in conjunction with Pathways to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement, which provides the context, background and rationale for the Agreement.

Have your say on the draft Agreement

The NT Government is seeking comments and submissions on the draft Agreement until 31 July 2020.

Send your submission in writing or by video to the Aboriginal Justice Unit by email or by mail to:

Aboriginal Justice Unit
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722

The Aboriginal Justice Unit can also be contacted by telephone on (08) 8935 7655.

Aboriginal Territorians and organisations interested in signing the final Agreement should contact the Aboriginal Justice Unit on or (08) 8935 7655.

Leanne Liddle, Director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit, put the spotlight on improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians in her 2019 Menzies Oration last month (31 October).

Leanne says Aboriginal people are being denied access to the full range of justice services other Territorians take for granted.

‘It’s a difficult conversation we need to have’, Leanne says.

‘Most of the feedback from the Oration is very positive with many people saying it’s about time these issues were talked about openly.

‘They’re telling me it’s widened their understanding of the key issues especially around the corrosive effects of systemic discrimination based on race.

‘Now my focus is the draft Aboriginal Justice Agreement and doing the second round of consultations and using all the feedback to start writing the final document’.

Read Leanne’s presentation in full on the Menzies School of Health Research website.

Last updated: 11 August 2020

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