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Statement from the Chief Minister

We’ve just come out of a weekend in the Territory that was unlike any weekend before it.

$5 million Worker & Wellbeing Fund

The Territory Labor Government will establish a $5 million Worker & Wellbeing Fund to support local workers struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

Statement from the Chief Minister

Last night and early this morning, my government began working on additional options to further strengthen our protections against the threat of coronavirus.

Jobs Rescue: $50 Million Small Business Survival Fund

The Territory Labor Government’s $50 million Small Business Survival Fund will help local Territory businesses survive the unprecedented economic impacts of COVID-19.

Keeping Territory Kids Learning and Supporting Teachers in the Time of COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, the Territory Labor Government is working to ensure Northern Territory students continue to receive a high quality education, while also supporting our dedicated teachers.

Appointment of CEO to the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development

Mr Jim Bamber has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development, effective from 23 March 2020.

Jobs Rescue: Connecting Territorians to Work

COVID19 is doing more damage to our Territory economy than any natural disaster ever has, and the Territory Labor Government is so far investing $120 million to protect Territory businesses and Territory jobs.

Parliamentary Preview: Emergency legislation to Protect Territorians

Parliamentary Sittings resume in Darwin today with debate focusing on emergency legislation to deal with the Northern Territory’s response to COVID-19.

Supporting the Territory’s Aviation Sector

The Territory Labor Government will immediately deliver a $2 million support package to retain the Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) aviation services, which are essential for our regional and remote towns in the Territory.

$50 Million Fund to Help Our Small Businesses Survive

The Territory Labor Government will deliver a $50 million Small Businesses Survival Fund to help Territory businesses survive the unprecedented economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

Statement from the Chief Minister

My fellow Territorians, When the coronavirus – this silent, invisible killer – first started to threaten our country and our community, I promised you I would do whatever it takes to protect you.

More Police to Keep the Community Safe

The Territory is well-prepared to deal with the coronavirus. We’re ahead of the game, and that’s where we intend to stay.


The Northern Territory Government will implement new border restrictions and arrival requirements in response to the increasing threat of the coronavirus.

Chief Minister - Media Statement - National Cabinet

The National Cabinet met again today to strengthen our response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Statement on 2020 NAPLAN testing

State, territory and federal Education Ministers have today unanimously decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020 due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

Jobs Rescue and Recovery Plan: Business Improvement Scheme to Help Territory Retail and Hospitality

The Territory Labor Government’s $65 million Jobs Rescue & Recovery Plan is all about keeping shops open, cash flowing and Territorians working.

Update on Events, Gatherings and Meetings

In response to the Australian Government’s COVID-19 advice regarding mass gatherings, the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture has assessed events under the risk assessment tool.


The Territory Labor Government will deliver a $65 million Jobs Rescue & Recovery Plan to protect Territorians from the deep economic impacts of the coronavirus.

2020 MySchool Data Shows Improvements in NAPLAN

Thirteen Territory schools have been recognised for improvement in NAPLAN testing, following the release of today’s 2020 MySchool data.

New Dates Confirmed for People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS and Parrtjima

The People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS festival has been rescheduled to Saturday 31 October 2020 at Darwin’s Mindil Beach.

MEDIA STATEMENT - Update on Events Affected by COVID-19 Measures

In response to the Australian Government’s COVID-19 advice against holding events of 500 people or more, the Territory Labor Government has announced changes to its list of events over the coming months.


The National Cabinet met today to continue our work responding to the escalating impacts of the coronavirus.

Media Statement on Coronavirus

Today I met with the Prime Minister and other state and territory leaders to consider the impacts of the coronavirus throughout Australia.

Skilling Territorians: New Summit to Help Boost Aboriginal Training Opportunities

The Territory Labor Government is investing to increase Aboriginal participation in the NT workforce with a new summit aimed at boosting training opportunities.

Creating Jobs and Improving Lifestyle: Palmerston – the Family City

City of Palmerston continues to be ‘A Place for People’ and the family city of the Northern Territory with several exciting projects worth almost $5 million underway.

Parrtjima Outreach Program Shining a Light on Young Territorians

The work of young Territorians Larissa Vinca Bird, Amon Fry and Donovan Daniels will be showcased at this year’s Parrtjima – A Festival in Light as part of a new youth outreach program introduced to the 2020 event.

Territory businesses reaping rewards from Bruce Munro: Tropical Light

Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition has helped draw locals and visitors alike to the CBD in a boost for local businesses.

Celebrating Excellence: Amy Kirke wins 2020 AgriFutures NT Rural Women’s Award

Darwin’s Amy Kirke has taken out the coveted Northern Territory 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for her planned work in much needed scientific learning in rural communities of the Territory.

Fighting for our share of GST: Are You Being Counted Campaign Launches

It is estimated that 4000 people are currently living in the Territory, but haven’t updated their Medicare details to reflect this – meaning the Territory is missing out on millions of dollars in GST revenue.

Reaching to the Stars to Create Territory Jobs

An agreement between a European aerospace company and an Indigenous-controlled company based in Central Australia is cementing the Northern Territory’s position in the trillion-dollar global space industry.

Creating jobs and building houses: New homes at Gunbalanya

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its key priorities of jobs and housing with the completion of five new homes at Gunbalanya, just east of Kakadu.

Everyone Together: 10 Year Aboriginal Affairs Strategy Launched

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Selena Uibo, will tonight launch the Territory Labor Government’s new 10-year Aboriginal Affairs Strategy, Everyone Together.

Supporting Culture: Barunga Festival Artists Announced and New Funding Agreement

Barunga Festival turns 35 this year and the Territory Labor Government has continued its support of the popular event with a new two-year funding agreement to recognise and promote Aboriginal sport, music and culture in the Katherine region.

Cutting Youth Crime – Palmerston Youth Drop-In Centre Contract Awarded

A new Youth Drop-In Centre for young people in Palmerston has reached another milestone with the contract to deliver the new facility now awarded to local business Semcorp (NT) Pty Ltd for $120,282.00.

Gold Rush for NT Operators at 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Northern Territory tourism operators have scooped up four Gold Awards at the prestigious 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra last night.

Creating Local Jobs and Revitalising the Darwin CBD

The Territory Labor Government’s job-creating State Square redevelopment is coming to life with the contract to demolish the Chan Building awarded this week.

Ensuring Reliable and Secure Power for Territorians

Territorians want cheap renewable power and they also want their power to be reliable, secure and efficient. In a significant step forward, the independent Utilities Commission has released its decision about new Generator Performance Standards (GPS).

Revitalising Our CBD – Austin Lane Complete

The Territory Labor Government is transforming Darwin’s CBD with infrastructure works in Austin Lane to bring in more visitors and locals now completed. 

New Chief Executive for Department of Education

Minister for Education Selena Uibo has today announced Ms Karen Weston has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Education.

Construction Tender Release for the Redevelopment of the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre

The Territory Labor Government is cutting crime by overhauling the youth justice system to prevent reoffending and to get young people back on track. The design for the redevelopment of the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre is now complete and the construction tender has been released.

Supporting Local Jobs: Hydraulic Upgrades at Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex

Eight local businesses have completed a suite of hydraulic works at the Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex, as part of a $12 million investment from the Northern Territory Government to ensure a reliable system of water supply infrastructure.

Tickets On Sale for Territory AFL Games

Footy fever is growing as tickets go on sale from midday today for two big games in the NT, thanks to the Territory Labor Government’s partnership with AFL.

Practitioners Recognised for Excellence in their Fields

Excellence in NT Health was recognised in Darwin this evening, with an awards ceremony at Parliament House for the exceptional work of NT Health staff.

Territory Labor Government Awards $15,000 Aboriginal Teaching Scholarships

Eleven aspiring Aboriginal teachers are on their way to realising their dreams, thanks to $15,000 university scholarships from the Territory Labor Government.

Applications open for round 13 of collaborative grants for exploration and drilling

Applications are now open for round 13 of collaborative grants for exploration drilling and geophysics in the Northern Territory under the Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations program.

Cutting Crime: The Youth Justice & Related Legislation Amendment Act Comes Into Effect

Amendments to the Youth Justice & Related Legislation Amendment Act has now come into effect, which ensures that young people who commit a crime do the time, and they do it sooner.

New Vehicle Inspection Facility in Truck Central Now Taking Bookings

Construction of the new Vehicle Inspection Facility at Truck Central has been completed and the new facility is accepting online bookings now ahead of its official opening later this month.

Private investment Creating Jobs for Territorians

Leading hospitality company Delaware North have today officially opened their new national call centre here in the Top End.

Construction of Zuccoli Primary School Stage 2 Reaches New Milestone

The Territory’s newest school has reached an important milestone with the first slab poured for the Stage 2 general learning area.

2020 Parrtjima Program – Lifting Our Spirits

Parrtjima is back for 2020, and this year’s program is bursting with an incredible range of experiences for Alice Springs locals and visitors from 3 -12 April.