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New Scholarship Program to Boost International Education

A first-of-its-kind scholarship program will be offered in the Northern Territory providing international students with the opportunity to further their studies in the NT, Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced today.

INPEX Agreements Support Territory Jobs and Growth

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has met with Representative Director President and CEO of INPEX Corporation, Mr Toshiaki Kitamura, signing two important agreements that will support future jobs and economic growth in the Territory.

The Attorney-General stands with community to ‘Reclaim the Night’

Attorney-General, Natasha Fyles, has addressed Territorians at an annual protest against sexual violence.

Celebrating the Territory’s terrific teachers on World Teachers Day

This evening, teachers, principals and school support staff have celebrated World Teacher’s Day at a function hosted by the Minister for Education, Eva Lawler.

Chief Minister Strengthens Agricultural Ties in Japan

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today met with Mr Katsuo Yakura, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to discuss future cooperation in agriculture and aquaculture.





The Northern Territory Government releases findings from the ‘Hamburger Report’

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles, today released the executive summary from a review into adult corrections, youth justice operations and administration which highlights the need for significant reform. The Minister welcomed the report ‘A Safer Northern Territory through Correctional Interventions: Report of the review of the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services’ (The Hamburger Report), saying the 172 recommendations will inform the priorities of government in implementing improvements to the justice system.

Government to work with industry to create certainty and transparency around environmental security bonds

Minister for Primary Industries and Resources, Ken Vowles, today announced that the Northern Territory Government will begin consultations with the mining industry and the community to improve transparency of mining securities.

Tickets on sale for 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Today marks one year until the opening match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with Australia scheduled to play England on 27 October in Melbourne.

More time for new water licencing arrangements in Darwin rural area

The Northern Territory Government has announced a six month extension to water licence applications in the rural area for domestic residents who irrigate a garden area bigger than half a hectare (5000sqm).

Chief Minister to lead biggest ever trade delegation to China to help create jobs for the Territory

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will lead an international trade, engagement and investment mission to Japan, Korea and China from Thursday, 27 October to 6 November.

Strengthening Public Interest in Government Advertising

The NT Government has today introduced legislative amendments – promised while in Opposition - that will ensure Government money spent on advertisements is done only in the public interest.

NT Government takes action on Children Commissioner’s report

Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield today tabled an investigation report by the Northern Territory’s Office of the Children’s Commissioner on incidents at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre.

Supporting Population Growth to Strengthen the Economy

The NT Government has today announced it will declare two new half-day public holidays from 7pm to 12 am on the night before Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Supporting Population Growth to Strengthen the Economy

The NT Government has today announced it will declare two new half-day public holidays from 7pm to 12 am on the night before Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Northern Territory Government keeps election promise to ban restraint chair

Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield today introduced an urgent Bill into the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly amending the Youth Justice Act and Youth Justice Regulations to permanently ban the use of mechanical restraint chairs on young persons in detention.

More first homeowners making their future in the Territory

Treasurer Nicole Manison today visited one of the Territory’s earliest recipients of the Labor Government’s increased stamp duty relief for first homebuyers.

Court decision shows Commonwealth and CLP Governments have failed to protect the environment and provide economic certainty

Minister for Environment Lauren Moss has today welcomed the Federal Court decision to set aside the approval of the Port Melville marine supply base.

Housing and health funding to reduce rheumatic heart disease

The Northern Territory Health Minister has renewed the Territory Government’s commitment to health and housing at this week’s conference on rheumatic heart disease in Darwin.

The Attorney-General to represent the NT at a peak Trans-Tasman Law and Order meeting

The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles will attend a Trans-Tasman law and order meeting in Melbourne today.

Northern Territory Government welcomes Kormilda funding

Northern Territory Education Minister Eva Lawler today welcomed the commitment from the Australian Government which will see Kormilda remain open throughout 2017.

Pushing for parliamentary reform & transparency

The Northern Territory Government has used the second day of sittings to move on the key election promise of restoring integrity to government.

Government delivers on non-government sector partnerships

Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison today announced an additional $340 000 per annum for one of the Territory’s longest-established not for profit social justice advocacy groups, the Northern Territory Council of Social Services (NTCOSS).

Screen Territory Industry Reference Group announced

A group of highly qualified and experienced screen industry members has been appointed to the Screen Territory Industry Reference Group.

It's the final countdown for Year 12 Students

Over 1300 Year 12 students across the Territory will commence final exams over the coming weeks as part of completing the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).

Statement from Northern Territory Education Minister Eva Lawler

On 12 September 2016, Kormilda College advised the Northern Territory Government their financial position was unsustainable and that it was in immediate financial difficulty.

Additional resources for Independent MLA’s

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has accepted advice from the Remuneration Tribunal to give new resources to the five Independent Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), ensuring they are provided with support to be well informed about policy and hold the Government to account.

State of the art Henbury School opens

The new Henbury School was officially opened this evening by Education Minister Eva Lawler.

Alice Springs Masters Games close in style

The Alice Springs Masters Games have been officially closed with Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss wrapping up proceedings in front of thousands of competitors at Anzac Oval this evening.

All aboard! Cruise ship season begins

The Darwin cruise ship season begins on Sunday 16 October with the ‘Celebrity Solstice’ docking at Fort Hill Wharf at approximately 8:00am.

Huge response to open and transparent fracking consultation

The Northern Territory Government has received 364 submissions for the Draft Terms of Reference for the inquiry into hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional gas reservoirs.

Reforms to the Legislative Assembly

Leader of Government Business Natasha Fyles today announced changes to the process of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, aimed at creating a more open and accountable parliament.

Labor delivers open and transparent government

The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Origin Energy’s exploration activity at the Amungee well site is now available online.

Body-worn camera evidence to protect victims and help police

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today visited police facilities and observed police on duty in some of Alice Springs crime hotspots.

Let the games begin!

Minster for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss has welcomed in the 30th Anniversary Alice Springs Masters Games.

Labor delivers for the environment

Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Minister for the Environment Lauren Moss today delivered on an election commitment, by guaranteeing funding for three of the Territory’s most important environmental groups.

First shot taken at new netball facility

Long serving Alice Springs netball administrator Pat Gallagher has today taken the first shot at goal at the new Alice Springs netball courts named in her honour.

Crop trial shows industry potential in Central Australia

Primary Industry and Resources Minister Ken Vowles today visited a garlic harvest trial at the Arid Zone Research Institute in Central Australia.

Health Minister to fight for every health dollar at COAG

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles will today travel to Canberra to attend the National Health Ministerial Council.

Two $10,000 barramundi caught in the Northern Territory

Two Northern Territory fishos are each $10,000 richer after catching the first two barramundi in the Million Dollar Fish competition.

Screen Territory Grants announced

One of the Northern Territory’s most successful theatre productions is one step closer to reaching television audiences through a Screen Territory Grant provided by the Northern Territory Government.

Hayes named amongst Australia’s most influential women

I wish to congratulate Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Hayes, on being named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for 2016.

Planning Minister announces dual occupancy review

Planning Minister Nicole Manison today announced a review of planning policy surrounding dual occupancy which currently automatically allows for two homes to be built on Single Dwelling residential blocks greater than 1000 square metres.

First Territory mangoes to United States

The first ever shipment of Territory mangoes to the United States of America are ready to export this week.

Chief Minister holds first meeting with the Prime Minister

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. During the meeting, Mr Gunner and Mr Turnbull discussed ways in which the Commonwealth and Territory governments can work together for the benefit of Territorians.

Catch a million dollar fish in the NT

The second season of the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition kicks off on Saturday, with 101 prize tagged barramundi lurking in Top End waters.

Funding for Kormilda College

Kormilda College recently formally notified the Department of Education of serious concerns about the College’s financial viability, and the school has requested financial help from the Northern Territory Government.

Northern Territory Chief Minister and South Australian Premier hold first meeting

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today met with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to discuss ways the two central Australia jurisdictions can grow closer economic and cultural ties.

Statement on backpacker tax

While I welcome the Federal Government's acknowledgement that the proposed 32 per cent backpacker tax is unworkable, I continue to urge Barnaby Joyce to axe this backpacker tax entirely.