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Putting Cancer Patients First

The Territory Labor Government is improving cancer services with the release of its strategy to better coordinate cancer care.

Creating Safer Communities and Generational Change: Introduction of Significant Youth Justice Law Reform

Today the Territory Labor Government introduced new amendments to the Youth Justice Act that relate to 11 recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT report.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: New Uniform Launch

Volunteers and technical officials will stand out from the crowd at this year’s Arafura Games with their striking new uniform unveiled today.

Creating Jobs: Steady Pipeline of Projects Continuing to Support Industry and Economic Growth

The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in job-creating infrastructure with 49 construction contracts valued at $34.1 million awarded in February this year, and 100% of these going to local NT businesses.

Improving Oral Health: The Cheeky Dog Campaign

Tennant Creek’s famous Cheeky Dog has joined the fight against tooth decay in Territory children.

Barunga Works Underway for Roper Gulf Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades

The Barunga community is set to get new upgraded oval lights, with works currently underway.

Creating Jobs, Protecting our Environment: Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill

The Territory Government is creating local jobs and protecting the environment, with the development of a highly-regulated onshore gas industry taking a significant step forward today.

Construction Starts on Luxury Hotel Site

Development of the high-end Darwin Westin Hotel has reached a major milestone with the start of roadworks at the Waterfront site this week.

Job Creating Motor Sports House Taking Shape

The Territory Labor Government continues to deliver for motor sport in the Territory with the construction of Motor Sports House at Hidden Valley nearly a third of the way complete.

Creating Jobs: Confidence in Territory’s Mining Future

The Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) kicks off in Alice Springs today with the highest amount of registrations since 2013, underpinning increased confidence in the Territory’s resources sector.

Parliament Week Two: Delivering Important Legislative Changes

Parliament continues in the Northern Territory this week, with Parliament set to debate the Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

Larrakia Hosts Help Seal City Deal

Aboriginal artists showing off their skills and the sound of didgeridoos will soon be a feature of a new shop front in Darwin’s CBD.

Creating Jobs: Keep River Road Tender Released

A tender to upgrade the Keep River Road has recently been released.

Undergrounding Power to commence in schools

Darwin’s undergrounding powerlines program will re-commence this dry season with Darwin schools the first cab off the rank.

Turbocharging Tourism Delivers for the NT

International visitors to the Territory are behind a $472 million injection into the local economy last year.

Generational change and jobs for locals: Elliott, Marlinja set for housing upgrades

Homes in the Territory’s most central communities are set for upgrades thanks to a $5.5 million investment by the Labor Government.

Generational Change: 100 per cent of NT Government Schools Say No to Bullying

For the first time since its inception nearly a decade ago, 100 per cent of Northern Territory Government schools have signed up to take part in this year’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Cutting Crime and Investing in Generational Change: New Legislation to Target Secondary Supply

The Territory Labor Government is cutting crime and creating a better future for children with the passing of new legislation today to help Police target the secondary supply of alcohol.

New Palmerston Primary School Spearheads Investment in NT’s Family Capital

A new Palmerston primary school will open two years ahead of schedule, after the Territory Labor Government fast-tracked the project’s second stage to meet growing demand in the Territory’s family capital.

Rezoning Application Decision on the Youth Justice Centre and Rehabilitation Precinct

The Planning Minister has carefully considered the findings of the Northern Territory Planning Commission regarding the rezoning application for a new Youth Justice Centre and Rehabilitation Precinct, and has declined the application.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Locals Create Revitalised Medal Ceremonies

Goannas, reclaimed wood from Cyclone Marcus, clapsticks and the didgeridoo will all feature in the Arafura Games medal ceremonies, giving the events a distinct Territory flavour.

Celebrating Community Sports: Nightcliff Tigers on Top and Oval Lights on the Way

In an exceptional achievement for the community-based club, the Nightcliff Tigers have five teams playing in the Grand Finals this weekend and two of their junior teams won their Grand Finals last weekend.

Building Safer Workplaces: NT WorkSafe Review Completed

The Territory Labor Government has released a six-month review of the Territory’s workplace regulator, NT WorkSafe.

Protecting Our Emergency Services Workers: New Legislation Passes

New legislation that improves the safety of our emergency services workers was passed through Parliament tonight.

Staffing Cap for Public Service

As part of ongoing fiscal discipline measures, the Territory Labor Government is implementing a staffing cap – including on executive positions - for the public service.

Turbocharged 2019 Parrtjima Program - Something for Everyone

The official program for the breathtaking Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019 has revealed 10 nights of mesmerising large scale light installations, artworks, workshops, talks, films and live music for the whole family.

Grants to boost energy efficiency in NT

The Territory Labor Government has put $2 million on the table to help drive the NT’s Roadmap to Renewables agenda with grants now open to Local Government Councils.

Generational Change: 10 year Framework for Inclusion Launched

The Territory Labor Government has today launched its 10 year Framework for Inclusion, a strategy to help every Territory child, irrespective of their circumstances, reach their full potential.

Parliament Resumes: Delivering on Election Promises and Creating Jobs

The Territory Labor Government is working for Territorians with a solid schedule of legislation to be introduced and debated in Parliament over the next two weeks.

New Arts Projects to Showcase Territory Talent

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced an investment of $200,000 into 12 arts projects across the Territory.

Meet the 2019 Members of the NT Youth Round Table

The Territory Labor Government is providing a platform for young Territorians to raise issues and communicate their ideas direct to Government.

Landmark Exhibition, Tjunguṉutja: from having come together, returns to Central Australia

A landmark exhibition of the most significant collection of early Papunya paintings, Tjunguṉutja: from having come together officially opens next weekend at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs.

Fighting for Territorians with a Disability: COAG Disability Reform Council

Minister for Disabilities, Natasha Fyles, took part in an extraordinary meeting of the COAG Disability Reform Council today regarding the Royal Commission into the Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability announced by the Prime Minister.

Territory trio in line for Rural Women’s Award

Three inspiring Territory rural women have been named finalists for the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

Heart of the Nation Hosts National Museums and Galleries Conference

An estimated $1.2 million dollars is expected to flow into the Alice Springs region when 400 museum and gallery professionals meet for the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference (AMaGA) in May.

Putting Territory Health Issues in the Spotlight at COAG Health Council

A range of Territory health issues will be in the national spotlight at today’s COAG Health Council meeting in Adelaide.

Red Centre Gearing Up for an Absolutely FABalice Festival

Hundreds of people are expected to converge on Alice Springs this weekend for the much-anticipated FABalice Festival. The inaugural three-day event has a wide range of attractions and entertainment planned to celebrate love, pride and the colourful Alice Springs community.

Delivering Quality Health Services: Celebrating 10 Years of Helping New Mums

A service that has helped deliver more than 2100 babies is celebrating 10 years of operation in Central Australia.

Generational Change: Kate and Tick Everett Bring Dolly’s Dream to NT Schools

More than a year after their 14-year-old daughter Dolly took her life following a campaign of sustained bullying, Kate and Tick Everett are bringing a new program to combat cyber-bullying to NT schools.

Transfer of the Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian has been transferred from the Department of Health to the Department of Attorney-General and Justice, in an administrative change that will bring it in line with other Australian jurisdictions.

Stimulating the Mining Industry, Creating Jobs

Applications are open for the latest round of collaborative grants for exploration drilling and geophysics in the Northern Territory, an NT Government initiative which will help to create jobs and provide economic benefits.


Chief Minister Michael Gunner today expressed his condolences to the Deputy Administrator, Dr Pat Miller AO on the passing of her husband, David Miller.

DPIR Snares Two Biosecurity Awards

The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has been recognised for its exemplary biosecurity work, winning two categories at this year’s Australian Biosecurity Awards.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Baker Boy Tops Celebration Line-up

The Territory Labor Government is bringing back the Arafura Games, and with them comes the chance to see some of the Territory’s biggest entertainment names on stage at the star-studded Opening and Closing Celebrations.

Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Baker Boy Tops Celebration Line-up

The Territory Labor Government is bringing back the Arafura Games, and with them comes the chance to see some of the Territory’s biggest entertainment names on stage at the star-studded Opening and Closing Celebrations.

Facts trump Scullion’s fiction

The Territory Labor Government is on track to deliver more remote housing than any previous government in the history of the NT.

Investing in Jobs: Positive Signs Going Forward in Mining Sector

The Territory Government’s plan to create jobs and stimulate the economy through the resources industry is showing positive signs, with a report showing encouraging results in the NT mining sector.

Boosting Health Services: New Prostate Cancer Nurse for Top End Health Services

The Territory Labor Government is improving health services through a joint funding agreement with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) that will see a dedicated Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse join the Top End Health Services team.

The Territory Welcomes New Era of Friendship, Trade and Cooperation with Indonesia

The Territory Labor Government has welcomed a signing of the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA) between Australia and Indonesia.

Creating Jobs: John Stokes Redevelopment A Step Closer

The Territory Labor Government’s $45 million redevelopment of John Stokes Square, which will support the Territory’s construction industry and create local jobs, has taken a significant step forward with the release of a tender for contractors to clear the site.