The Northern Territory government plans to amend hit-and-run laws to allow drivers to behave in a different manner, depending on where the incident occurred.

The Attorney General John Elferink said the changes are necessary, following a recent case where a driver knew they had run over someone, but they did not stop and report it, and were not legally required to.

He said under the new laws, to be introduced into parliament this week, drivers must stop and help the victim.

But if it happens in Alice Springs drivers are allowed to keep going to the nearest police station and report it immediately.

"The reason being is that unfortunately when people have stopped in the past (in Alice Springs), they have been assaulted by family members," Mr Elferink said.

"And so, we don't expect people to undergo an assault for an error in driving, or for whatever reason, but we do expect that person to report it as quickly as possible."

The government also plans to introduce laws that will give the Children's Commissioner more independence to scrutinise the government.

The Child Protection office has had three Ministers and four CEOs in the past 14 months, and the Commissioner, Howard Bath, has called for stability.

Mr Elferink, who took over as the new Child Protection Minister in September, said the government will introduce the Children's Commissioner Bill this week.

He said it would create a new Act that will "recognise the independence of the Children's Commissioner".

Parliament will also focus on the Care and Protection of Children Amendment Bill, which will allow for proper legal representation for children who are subject to family protection orders.

 

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