The Seniors and Disability Rights Service has been active in advocating the NT position in relation to the Royal Commission’s inquiry. Our submission to the Commission can be found at the link below. We have also been involved in convening forums of relevant stakeholder groups, collecting stories in our outreach work around the Top End, and trying to influence process to enable a wide range of stories to be told.
Unfortunately, the Royal Commission is quite restrictive in terms of what they will hear and where. The most significant issues for the Northern Territory are remote area provision and aged care support for Aboriginal people, however these matters are intended to be dealt with at the Broome hearing only. In the Northern Territory, the Commission will only be sitting in Darwin at the Supreme Court and has limited the topics it will hear evidence on. We will, however, try to find a way to support older people in the NT to have a voice in other ways and welcome anyone who is interested to contact DCLS.