Safer communities

Every Territorian has the right to feel safe and secure. That's why the Territory Government is investing in tackling crime and the long-term causes of crime.

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Employing more police

The fast-tracked Palmerston Police Station will support 340 jobs during construction and provide Palmerston and rural residents with a modern facility that will accommodate the region’s needs for decades.

The station will be double the size of the existing facility and will include a 24-hour watch house. This will enhance the response times of our Police as they won’t have to travel to Darwin CBD to process offenders.

Tackling anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable activity that causes harm to individuals or the community. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance. Everyone has a right to go about their daily life without putting up with anti-social behaviour.

The Territory Government is working with police, Larrakia Nation and service providers to break the cycle of repeated anti-social behaviour and has announced a 5-point plan to fix the problem. This needs a holistic and strategic response that addresses the many reasons and causes of anti-social behaviour.

The 5 point plan includes:

  • easier reporting
  • visible policing and safer public spaces
  • four additional Larrakia Day Patrol vehicles
  • Extended Sobering Up Shelter hours
  • Programs to get more people back on track

Go to Department of Chief Minister website to find out more

Charter of victims' rights

The Territory Government puts the rights of victims first, now and always by ensuring they have a stronger voice in our judicial system with better protections and access to vital services.

The Charter of Victims’ Rights clearly directs that every reasonable resource will be used to support the safety and welfare of victims, their families and their property.

Access to simple and quick services in a coordinated and respectful manner is critical to victims of crime and their families while integrating participatory rights acknowledges the interests of victims of crime and their integral role in the criminal justice system.

Go to Department of the Attorney-General and Justice website to find out more

Alcohol reform

In 2017 the Northern Territory Government commissioned the Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review to deliver a cohesive approach to alcohol harm minimisation.

The Final Report provided 220 recommendations on reforms to alcohol policy and legislation.

The Northern Territory Government's response to the Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report comprises two important elements:

  1. Territory Government position on Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report Recommendations on each of the 220 recommendations.
  2. The Northern Territory Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-19, which sets out the policy and legislative reforms, enforcement and compliance activities and harm management strategies and services the Territory Government is committed to delivering, to prevent and minimise harms associated with alcohol misuse in the NT.

To bring about real change and improvement, governments, business and the community need to work together. Everyone in the Territory has a role in minimising the harm associated with the misuse of alcohol.

Go to Alcohol Reform website to find out more

Banned Drinker Register (BDR)

Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory need to show photo ID to buy takeaway alcohol.

The BDR aims to reduce health-related harm associated with alcohol misuse by encouraging and supporting people to access help. The register identifies people who are banned from purchasing takeaway alcohol and stop them from buying it. The BDR is one of the tools to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our community, and will assist in reducing alcohol-related harm to individuals, families and the community.

Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors

Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALI) are part of a 97-member initiative, which includes 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (posted between Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine), three prosecutors and seven operational support staff. PALIs are stationed at take-away outlets to minimise the harm associated with harmful alcohol consumption.

PALIs are a key part in a suite of reforms that tackle alcohol fuelled antisocial behaviour and crime.

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Floor price

The Northern Territory implemented a floor price on alcohol from 1 October 2018.

Excessive consumption of cheap alcohol is linked by the evidence to alcohol‑related harm, which has serious negative social, health, and economic impacts on the Territory community.

The floor price targets cheap bulk alcohol favoured by at-risk drinkers, without punishing those of us who enjoy a drink responsibly. This means that a standard drink cannot be cheaper than $1.30. Products that will see a price increase will be cheap, high alcohol content cask, bottled and fortified wine.

Improving the youth justice system

The Territory Government continues to support a range of youth justice initiatives and recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children to make generational change and provide better lives for young people across the Territory.

The Territory Government’s Youth Justice and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 is designed to increase options for youth diversion, bail support, and restorative rehabilitation, as well as ensure consistency and fairness in young people's access to legal assistance, information and privacy.

Improving access to youth diversion programs for at-risk young people will ensure that there is a higher uptake of young people engaged in programs that deal with the causes and consequences of bad behaviour, and stop them from reoffending.

Contemporary youth justice centres are planned for greater Darwin and Alice Springs, with new and re-purposed facilities to support regional youth justice programs.

Suicide Prevention Framework

The Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework 2018-2023 provides a vision for how everyone in our community can work together to reduce suicide.

The framework outlines plans for reducing this burden of loss and grief, and supporting all in our community to live lives filled with meaning and purpose.

The strategic framework identifies three priority areas:

  • Building stronger communities with increased capacity to respond to and prevent suicidal behaviour through raising awareness and reducing stigma
  • Informed, inclusive services that provide timely, integrated, compassionate and culturally safe responses that meet the diverse needs of people across the Territory
  • Focused and evidence-informed support for the most vulnerable groups of people.

The framework will be progressed with an implementation plan, and through local regional planning and action groups. Support will be provided to regional communities to develop action plans, and forums will be held to help communities come together to create solutions. Support will be provided to make those solutions become real through the small community grants programs.

NT Suicide Prevention Community Grants are issued in line with the framework to help with the development of community-led solutions.

Community groups and non-government organisations may apply for grants between $500 and $10 000 to assist in raising awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. The grants are aimed at supporting locally-led activities and projects that progress action in one or more of the following:

  • Building inclusive communities and strengthening community resilience
  • Addressing stigma and discrimination
  • Raising awareness of effective suicide prevention practices.

Go to Health Library Services ePublications website to find out more

Case studies

Youth Justice and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

A key change to the Youth Justice and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 includes improving the application of bail for young people and decriminalising breach of bail conditions as an offence – thereby cutting red tape and putting the focus on tackling criminal behaviour. The following examples explains the change in practice. Currently A young person was charged with burglary and released on bail with conditions to reside at a certain...