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Territory Tourism Vouchers Generate Over $7 million for Local Businesses

One month into the inaugural Tourism Voucher scheme, residents have redeemed over 17,400 vouchers generating $7.09 million in bookings, providing a strong boost for the tourism and hospitality sectors and securing jobs for Territorians.

Blue Mud Bay Agreement to Support Economic Development for Traditional Sea Owners

Recreational fishing access to Aboriginal-owned NT coastal waters will continue until at least the end of 2022, under a new agreement signed between the Northern Territory Government (NTG) and the Northern Land Council (NLC). The NLC will continue consultation with Traditional Owners about this positive new agreement.

Local Jobs Fund Delivering More Jobs for Territorians

Territory-based SPEE3D is the latest local business to benefit from the Local Jobs Fund, with a $2.75 million investment by the Northern Territory Government.

Keeping Territorians Safe: Extra Frontline Health Employees to fight COVID-19

The NT Territory Government is creating 100 additional full-time frontline health workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep Territorians safe.

AFL Kicks Off in the Territory - Dreamtime in Darwin

Territorians will have a chance to celebrate our favourite Indigenous players with the first ever ‘Dreamtime in Darwin’ AFL game between Essendon and Richmond in Round 13, on Saturday 22 August at TIO Stadium.

Statement on the New National Agreement on Closing the Gap

The Northern Territory welcomes the higher ambition of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap and its priority reform areas.

Alice Springs Town Camp Local Decision Making Agreement

Alice Springs Town Camps have taken a major step towards taking control of their own affairs with the signing of a Local Decision Making (LDM) Agreement with the Northern Territory Government.

$3.5 Million Jobs Boost for Alice Springs Asia Pacific Storage and Maintenance Facility

The Territory Government will inject a further $3.5 million in the Alice Springs Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage Maintenance Facility through the Local Jobs Fund – doubling the capacity of the facility and creating more local jobs.

Territory Labor Government Delivers Nearly $100 million for Students with Additional Needs

The Territory Labor Government has made unprecedented investment in support for students with additional needs, to help every Territory child reach their full potential.

Northern Suburbs and Kalkarindji Child and Family Centres

The Territory Labor Government is delivering two new Child and Family Centres, one in the Northern Suburbs of Darwin and the other in Kalkarindji, bringing the total number of Child and Family Centres in the NT to 10.


The Northern Territory Government has today released the COVID-19 Financial Report.

Tender Released for the Alice Springs Hospital Multi-Storey Car Park

The Territory Labor Government will build a multi-storey carpark at the Alice Springs Hospital. Today the design and construction tender for the new $12 million multi-storey car park has been released.

Creating Jobs, Supporting Local Business: State Square Art Gallery Design Consultant Contract Award

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in job creating projects to support local businesses as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.


I have made the decision not to approve the rezoning of 16 and 25 Blake Street, The Gardens to Specific Use Zone. Rezoning would have facilitated high and medium density residential development.


Today, I have decided to approve the CDU Education and Community Precinct development in the Darwin CBD, with conditions to ensure the development is reflective of community values and standards.

Parrtjima 2020 Program Confirmed

The Parrtjima 2020 program released today features 10 nights of incredible art, light and culture in the heart of Alice Springs, running from Alice Springs Desert Park through to the Todd Mall from 11-20 September.

$20 Million to Boost NT Police Border Protection

The Territory Labor Government will invest an additional $20 million for an extra 131 police and support staff, and more resources to protect the NT’s borders and keep Territorians safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Supporting Our Childcare Sector: Nearly 90 Operators Apply for $10,000 Assistance Grants

Nearly 90 childcare operators sought financial assistance from the Territory Labor Government, when one-off grants of up to $10,000 were offered to help them through COVID-19.

Territory Labor’s Major Housing Build in Milingimbi

The Territory Labor Government plans to build 32 new homes and upgrade around 20 others in Milingimbi.

NT Propels into Space

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are teaming up to expand the Top End’s space sector, with a new agreement to maximise the Territory’s natural advantages to create jobs and grow the economy.

Red CentreNATS Program Released

The ultimate ‘festival of wheels’ will return to Alice Springs this Father’s Day weekend with the sixth annual Red CentreNATS running from 4-6 September 2020, featuring an amended program and ticketing structure.

Investing in Culture and Local Jobs: Katherine’s Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft Design Tender Awarded

Local company, Troppo Architects will bring the new vision for Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft in Katherine to life after being awarded the design tender under the Territory Labor Government’s $30 million Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension Program.

Record nominations in 2020 Northern Territory Training Awards

The Territory’s thriving Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector has contributed a record number of nominations for the 2020 Northern Territory Training Awards, to be held in October.

People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS On Hold Until 2021

Territorians’ favourite music festival, People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS scheduled for 31 October this year, is on hold until 15 May 2021 due to uncertainty around unfolding COVID-19 developments.

Creating Private Investment Opportunities and Jobs for Territorians

Making sure the Territory is the comeback capital of Australia and ready to bounce back post COVID-19 is the main goal of the Territory Labor Government.

Nominations Open: 2020 Disability Services and Inclusion Awards

Nominations open today for the 2020 Disability Services and Inclusion Awards.

Major Territory Mining Project Secures Tenure with Mineral Leases

The Northern Territory Government has today offered the grant of mineral leases to Australian company Arafura Rare Earths Pty Ltd, paving the way for its proposed Nolans rare earths mine and processing plant in Central Australia.

Investing in Culture and Local Jobs: Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre Design Tender Open

Upgrades to the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek are progressing with the design tender release as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $30 million Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension Program.

2020 Waterfowl Hunting Season

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler, today announced the dates and conditions for this year’s 15 week waterfowl hunting season.

240 Construction Jobs and a New Palmerston Fire Complex

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in projects that create local jobs and enhance community safety– like the Palmerston Regional Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Complex. 

O'Halloran Reappointed as Northern Territory Administrator

Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO has been reappointed as the Northern Territory Administrator by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC.

Students and School Staff Return to the Classroom for Term 3

Students, teachers and school staff across the Territory return to the classroom today for the first official day of Term 3.

Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission First Report

The Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission has released its First Report to the Chief Minister, setting out immediate priorities to capitalise on the Territory’s competitive advantages, attract more private investment and create more local jobs.

Works Begin on Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and Road Upgrades

The Territory Labor Government is constructing a new two-lane sealed road and a new 45 metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

2020 Suicide Prevention Grants Awarded

41 Suicide Prevention Grants worth a total of $299 693 have been awarded to locally-led activities across the Northern Territory.

Leanyer Recreation Park Gets a $3.1 Million Facelift

The much-loved Leanyer Recreation Park will get a $3.1 million facelift, with new waterslides and upgrades to the popular playgrounds and wet area.

Supercars Confirms Darwin Doubleheader

In a first for the Territory, Darwin is set to host a doubleheader of Supercars action over two weekends at Hidden Valley this August.

Statement on State Funeral for John Ah Kit

A State Funeral will be held for the former Member for Arnhem and the Territory’s first Aboriginal Cabinet Minister, the Honourable Dr John Ah Kit.

Room to Breathe: More Spaces for Remote Places

Room to Breathe works continue to rollout across the Territory with 134 homes in 16 remote communities currently under construction.

More than 400 Local Jobs to be Created: Construction to Commence at Territory’s Youth Justice Centres

A total of 419 local jobs will be created through the construction of a new purpose-built Darwin Youth Justice Centre and the redevelopment of the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre.

Creating Jobs and Protecting our Environment: Gamba Army Created

Today the Territory Labor Government announced an increased investment to combat Gamba grass and create a Gamba Army, which was highlighted earlier this year through the Territory Labor Government’s Covid-19 Operation Rebound Paper.

Territory Labor Government Takes Next Steps Towards Treaty

The Territory Labor Government is making positive progress towards Treaty, today releasing the Treaty Commissioner’s Treaty Discussion Paper.

Litchfield National Park Turbo Upgrades Full Steam Ahead

Construction works are progressing on the Territory Labor Government’s $17.5 million Turbocharging Tourism Litchfield Central Valley project, opening up more visitor experiences at Litchfield National Park and creating local jobs.

Election Commitment Delivered: Stage 2 and 3 of Nightcliff Renal Complete

The Nightcliff Renal Unit redevelopment project is complete with stage 2 and 3 of the project now finished.

New Principal and Teacher Recruits Arrive for Term 3

The Territory’s newest crop of principal and teacher recruits are this week undergoing orientation ahead of heading out to their communities for the start of Term 3.

Driving Investment in the Territory’s Resources – Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations Grants Announced

The Northern Territory Government is continuing to drive economic development through the latest round of Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations grants.

Territory Tourism Vouchers Generate $3.3 Million for Local Businesses in a Fortnight

Two weeks into the Tourism Voucher scheme, Territorians have redeemed over 4,500 vouchers generating $3.3 million in bookings, providing a strong boost for local operators.

Empowering Local Communities: Groote Archipelago Education Agreement Signed

The Groote Archipelago will have a new, independent boarding school and a bilingual curriculum as part of a locally-led education agreement signed with Anindilyakwa Traditional Owners.

Local Business-Boosting Voucher Scheme Extended

The Gunner Government will extend City of Darwin’s successful discount voucher scheme so more businesses across the Territory can benefit.

Turbocharging Tourism: Nitmiluk Mountain Bike Trails Open for Riders

Nitmiluk National Park is set to become the Top End’s mountain bike mecca, thanks to the completion of Stage 1 of a bike trail network designed to capture the growing adventure tourism market.