The Northern Territory Government has announced $1.5 million in funding for the establishment of Australia’s first child development research centre.


The funding, allocated to the Menzies School of Health Research, forms part of the Territory 2030 Strategic Plan commitment to create an institute for education and child development.


“It was our Government that commissioned the Board of Inquiry in the Child Protection System, accepted all of the Board’s recommendations, and announced the Territory’s first stand alone agency – the Department of Children and Families – tasked with child protection and wellbeing,” Chief Minister Paul Henderson said.


The Centre for Child Development and Education will bring together researchers from health, education, and social research fields to gather evidence to support the Government’s work in this area.