The Northern Territory Children's Commissioner is an independent statutory officer whose core functions focus on the wellbeing of vulnerable children.

This website provides an outline of the core functions of the Commissioner, some of the current activities of the Commissioner and provides links to a range of related resources and publications.

The position of Northern Territory Children's Commissioner was created in the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (the Act), which was passed by the Legislative Assembly in November 2007.

Our Vision

Children and young people in the Northern Territory reach their full potential.

Our Mission

To ensure the rights and best interests of children and young people are safeguarded and promoted.

Our Core Business

  • Deal with and manage enquiries and complaints
  • Identify and address issues affecting vulnerable children
  • Monitor developments reform, legislative and policy issues relevant to vulnerable children
  • Contribute to improved decision making
  • Community awareness and education

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Get to know the Territory's youth

Children and young people have told us that it's important we listen to them, especially with issues affecting them. The Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) want to hear from you about the issues affecting your future, such as school, family, bullying, relationships, mental health, crime or the environment to name a few.

If you are under 25 and want to have your voice heard about the issues that are important to you, here's how you can get involved...

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Meet the Children’s Commissioner of the Northern Territory

Colleen Gwynne

Colleen Gwynne

On 11 June 2015 Ms Colleen Gwynne was appointed as the Northern Territory (NT) Children’s Commissioner.

Colleen has over 25 years of experience with the NT Police reaching the rank of Commander before taking on a Senior Executive Role with the NT Government.

She has led a broad range of operational and specialist areas including major crime, drug and organised crime, domestic violence, prosecutions, child abuse, public housing safety and youth services and has been in charge of five local policing commands across the Territory.

Colleen has formal qualifications in leadership, criminal justice, investigations and a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Management of Serious Crime Course.

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