Children from Tasmania at a controversial remote Northern Territory program for troubled youth are in safe hands, the island state's premier says, despite claims by former participants of mistreatment.
Six Tasmanian children under state care are currently involved in the program at Batchelor, about 120 kilometres south of Darwin.
The ABC has published claims from former participants who say they were made to sit by themselves for hours on a milk crate or had power cut to their room when they misbehaved.
A review into the program has been undertaken by the Tasmanian government and is due to be completed by the end of October.
Premier Peter Gutwein said he received reports this week from officials on the ground indicating the children are in a safe environment.
"If I thought the best way to deal with this was to reach in and take those children immediately out of that program, I would do that. But that is not the advice I'm receiving," he told parliament on Wednesday.
"Reaching in is not the right thing to do for those children. If that advice changes, then in a heartbeat I would do that."
State Labor and Greens opposition parties have asked why the children haven't been removed from the program while the review is under way.
They have also queried why young people can't access similar behavioural help in Tasmania.
Mr Gutwein said the government was exploring options around creating such a program but a return on investment evaluation in 2018 did not identify any similar suitable options in the state.