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The Northern Territory Prevention Alliance (NTPA) was formed in 2019, and has since been remodelled to maximise opportunities for Territory-wide action. It is made up of executive-level representatives from key agencies with responsibilities across the Northern Territory for the provision of primary prevention, safety and wellbeing services to communities, families, children and young people. The Alliance provides a means of engaging government, corporate and non-government sectors in promoting the value of wellbeing and the prevention of child abuse and neglect in a consistent and effective way to the broader community.

Together, we aim to build on strengths, find and fill gaps and choose the right people for the right tasks – through focusing on the following five anchors.

Core focus areas

The following themes have been identified as priorities:

  1. Adopting a true primary prevention focus – defining what it looks like
  2. Avoiding duplication of services/initiatives – being mindful not to replicate through creating a combined strategy by mapping collective strengths
  3. Moving beyond safety – looking further towards overall wellbeing for children, families and communities
  4. Valuing and amplifying the voices of children and young people
  5. Developing and promoting the benefits of a common ‘prevention’ language
  6. Community campaigns – getting public messaging/awareness right
  7. Integrating with established community approaches – formal and informal approaches
  8. Broadening the scope of work – importance of corporate engagement
  9. Focus on effective community communication and engagement strategies – real stories help real engagement
  10. Valuing diversity and inclusivity – Importance of culturally inclusive processes
  11. Being realistic about scale and cost
  12. Challenging each other and building together
  13. Child Rights focus – children’s rights always the backbone to all approaches
  14. Where does the Alliance have value across the continuum?
  15. Clarity of overall purpose – all children are safe, thriving, valued and with opportunities.

Who is involved with the Alliance?

Secretariat functions (undertaken by NAPCAN):

  • Calendar invitations/date claimers
  • Drafting meeting agenda
  • Minutes/actions for meetings
  • Contact point for correspondence and records


Chair functions (undertaken by Megan Mitchell AM):

  • Chair the meetings to ensure the agenda is managed
  • Manage contributions to ensure all members have opportunity to contribute


Current members (as at 2023) include:

Guiding documents

The Alliance endorses the key prevention and early intervention recommendations from the following documents:

  • Play Your Part: NAPCAN’s Framework for Creating a Child Safe, Child Friendly Australia
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT
  • Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021 – 2031
  • Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families
  • Starting Early for a Better Future 2018 – 2028
  • Growing Them Strong, Together Board of Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the Northern Territory 2010



November 2023 – Agenda

June 2023 – Communique

February 2023 – Communique

September 2022 – Meeting Notes

May 2022 – Meeting Notes

February 2022 – Meeting Notes

October 2021 – Meeting Notes

May 2021 – Meeting Notes


A key focus of the NTPA has been the importance of language and how we frame messages to support the wellbeing of children and young people.

This has resulted in the creation of the following media and messaging guides.

The guides are currently being reviewed by members of the NTPA and other key stakeholders before finalisation.

Click on the images below to download copies.

For more information about the NTPA, including applications to join the Alliance, please contact:

Meron Looney
0411 737 630 | PO Box 828 Nightcliff NT 0814
Executive Secretariat – NTPA