NT Legislation, international standards and national policies relevant to implementation are set out below. 

Legal framework

Northern Territory


Policy framework

NPMs complement existing oversight frameworks. They do not seek to replace established systems but rather enhance complementary monitoring to achieve OPCAT compliance.

The Australian Human Rights Commission's Implementing OPCAT in Australia (2020) provides a comprehensive overview of what implementation will entail at national level in order to meet international best practice standards.

The NT Ombudsman will work together with the Office of the Children's Commissioner and the NT Community Visitor Program in the development of a preventive monitoring framework specific to the characteristics and impacted vulnerable groups of the Northern Territory.

Development of the framework and visiting methodologies will draw on relevant human rights expertise locally and nationally, civil society engagement, engagement with Aboriginal communities, organisations and experts, people with relevant lived experience, agency involvement and any other relevant stakeholders.