Donna Ah Chee is chair of Tripartite Forum

The Royal Commission visited Katherine in 2016.
The Royal Commission visited Katherine in 2016.

Alice Springs based Donna Ah Chee is the chair of the newly established Child and Family Tripartite Forum.

The Tripartite Forum is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission.

It brings together Northern Territory and Federal governments, Aboriginal peak bodies and other non-government peak bodies to provide advice and to guide and support implementation of the reforms resulting from the Royal Commission.

The reforms being overseen by the Tripartite Forum will include child protection and youth justice systems, but also a range of related services required for vulnerable children and young people including health care, housing, education, family support, youth services, training and employment, police and justice services. 

Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield MLA and Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie welcomed Ms Ah Chee’s appointment given her wealth of experience in other Chair roles and her strong track record of achievement as CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

“The NT Government is investing an historic $229.6 million over the next five years to continue the overhaul of the child protection and youth justice systems, and implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT," Ms Wakefield said.

“As a highly respected Aboriginal woman with a long career in the human services sector, Donna Ah Chee is a great choice for Chair. She will bring to this role both an unswerving commitment to putting the interests of children and families first, and a culturally informed perspective on the implementation of reforms.”