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13 April 2015 | News

Comment sought on Domestic and Family Violence Act

Despite various improvements brought about with the commencement of the Domestic and Family Violence Act in 2008, domestic violence remains a major problem in the Northern Territory.

In 2013-14 there were 7,295 assaults in the Territory.  More than 60% of these were associated with domestic violence. Alarmingly, over 80% of domestic violence victims in the Territory are women, with indigenous women being almost 22 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women, representing 73% of all domestic violence victims in the Territory.

While legislative measures alone are unlikely to substantially improve these statistics, strong domestic and family violence legislation is a key component of the Northern Territory Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy 2014-17: Safety is Everyone’s Right.

Accordingly, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Hon John Elferink MLA, is calling for submissions regarding possible improvements to the Domestic and Family Violence Act, its operation and its interaction with related Territory legislation such as the Care and Protection of Children Act and the Criminal Code of the Northern Territory.

Any comments, issues, observations and suggestions are welcome.

Download the issues papers : [ WORD 1MB ] [ PDF 397KB ]


The closing date for submissions is 13 July 2015.

Submissions should be sent to:

Director Legal Policy
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722
DARWIN  NT  0801

Or by email to


5 March 2015 | News

Report providing data outcomes of 2010 Committals’ law reform

From 1 April 2011 the processes for committals in the NT were reformed on the commencement of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals Reform) Act 2010. The attached report prepared by the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice provides statistical information on the operation of the committals processes between 2011 and September 2014. The figures in the report suggest that the main aim of the reforms (namely that the processes operate more efficiently) has been achieved. Further committals reform may be occur as part of the ongoing reform of criminal law procedure over the next year. Comments on the report or the committals process can be sent to:

Download the report: [ WORD 1.41MB ] [ PDF 347KB ]

Director, Policy Coordination
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722

Or by email to:


12 December 2014 | News

Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Offences) Bill

The Northern Territory Government is proposing to reform its criminal law offences so that they accord with the principles contained in the Model Criminal Code as developed by Australia’s Attorneys-General Ministerial Council.   As part of these reforms the NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice is consulting on the draft Criminal Law Amendment (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014.  This draft Bill deals with the sexual offences and related offences of the Criminal Code.

The draft Bill is accompanied by brief summary paper identifying the relationship between the offences in the draft Bill and those in the current Criminal Code and the Model Criminal Code.

Download the draft Bill here

Download the background paper here

The Department would be grateful to receive any comments on or before 31 January 2015.

Comments and feedback should be sent to:

Director, Policy Coordination
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722 DARWIN NT 0801

Or by email to:

1 December 2014 | News


Discussion paper: draft bail amendment 2014

The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice is seeking your comments and suggestions on the Exposure Draft of the Bail Amendment Bill 2014 (DOCX).

This Discussion Paper is intended to provide a background to and an outline of the draft Bill.

It is intended to introduce this Bill in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory later in 2014. The Department appreciates that the time in which to respond is reasonably tight, and would be grateful for any responses to be received on or before 15 September 2014.

A Bill for an Act to amend the Bail Act (PDF)


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