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Training More Aboriginal Teachers and Educators

Applications are open for the 2019 Teaching – Growing Our Future scholarship program, which supports Aboriginal Territorians who want to pursue a career in education.

Creating Jobs: New Subdivision at Ngukurr

Ngukurr locals have become qualified plant and equipment operators as they help to build a new subdivision at their community.

More jobs, cooler city: Another step for Cavenagh Street, Civic and State Square projects

20 November 2018 The Territory Government is continuing its plan to revitalise Darwin’s CBD by inviting designs for the Civic and State Square Precinct while also awarding the tender for Stage 2 of the Cavenagh Street redevelopment.

Boosting Health Facilities and Creating Jobs: Refurbished Oncology and Cardiac Units at the Alice Springs Hospital Now Open

The Territory Labor Government continues to create jobs and improve health facilities and services with completion of the newly refurbished Oncology and Cardiology units at Alice Springs Hospital.

ATEC Inbound Tourism Travel Trade event kicks off in Darwin

More than 410 delegates have converged on Darwin for one of Australia’s leading inbound tourism conferences, the 2018 Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place.

National Aboriginal Art Gallery: National Reference Group Co-Chairs Announced

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced the Co-Chairs of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery National Reference Group.

Queensland and Northern Territory join National Redress Scheme

The Northern Territory Government has completed the final steps required to participate in the National Redress Scheme.

National Aboriginal Art Gallery: 1st Meeting of the National Reference Group

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today opened the inaugural meeting of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery - National Reference Group, in Alice Springs.

Creating Safer Communities: New Case Management System for Child Protection and Youth Justice

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its promise of a new case management system to better protect vulnerable children from abuse and get young people out of the cycle of crime.

Investing in Territory Sports - Money Available for Sport Grants

The Territory Labor Government offers a number of sport or active recreation grant funding programs to eligible individuals, sporting and active recreation bodies.

Territorian Wins National Award

Kimberly Brewster, a Territory mother and administrative support worker for ConocoPhillips, was named Australian Trainee of the Year at the national Australian Training Awards in Sydney last night.

Safer Communities: Consultation Continues for Darwin Rehabilitation Precinct

The Territory Labor Government has lodged applications to rezone and subdivide the proposed site of the new Darwin Rehabilitation Precinct in Pinelands.

Royal Commission into the Protection & Detention of Children in the NT: First Progress Report

Today, the Territory Labor Government released the first progress report outlining substantial progress seven months into the reform journey.


The historic signing of the $200 million City Deal will turbo-charge the local economy and cement Darwin’s position as a liveable tropical capital city for generations to come.

Investing in Job Creating Sporting Infrastructure in Alice Springs

The second tender for works as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $6.2 million investment towards community sporting infrastructure in Alice Springs has been awarded.

Turboed Bachelorette Finale heads to the NT

The Northern Territory will tonight be beamed to the rest of the country with the screening of the popular Bachelorette series finale – which was filmed in the Top End earlier this year.

Harnessing the potential of Northern Territory’s gas industry

The Australian and Northern Territory governments have signed an agreement that will help realise existing offshore gas reserves and the potential of the Beetaloo Sub-Basin as a new world-class gas province.

Celebrating Excellence in Territory Resource Management

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation is celebrating after taking out the Farmers & Fisheries Sustainability Award at the TNRM Awards in Darwin last night.

Creating Safer Communities: Safe, Respected, and Free from Violence Prevention Fund Now Open

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims first and investing in key areas that will create generational change. This includes an annual investment of $300,000 to fund domestic, family, and sexual violence prevention programs for eligible organisations and individuals.

MusicNT Northern Territory Contemporary Live Music Strategy

In a first for the Northern Territory’s live music industry, MusicNT is set to benefit from $50,000 in funding to develop the inaugural NT Contemporary Live Music Strategy, which will provide the foundation and guide future support for the contemporary music sector in the Territory.

Resignation of NLC CEO

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today acknowledged the resignation of Northern Land Council (NLC) CEO Joe Morrison with regret, saying it was a huge loss for the organisation.

Japanese Prime Minister to make historic visit to Darwin

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has welcomed the pending visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will visit Darwin this Friday, 16 November

Creating Jobs and Supporting Women in Sport: Larrakia Park Women’s Changerooms

The Territory Labor Government is investing $700,000 to build two new women’s changerooms at Larrakia Park, Darwin Football Stadium, in a win for women’s soccer –and local jobs - across the Top End.

Landmark Local Decision Making Agreement puts power back in the hands of communities

The Territory Labor Government will today sign the Groote Archipelago Local Decision Making Agreement with the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC).

New Act Provides Pathway to Right Past Wrongs

The Expungement of Historical Homosexual Offence Records Act 2018 commences today, offering Territorians the right to apply to have their historical homosexual criminal records expunged.

New Uluru-Darwin flights to Deliver Boost to Territory Tourism

The Territory Labor Government today welcomed news of a new Darwin-Uluru Qantas route from April next year, as well as discounted fares for Alice Springs residents travelling to Darwin from tomorrow.

Desert Mob 2018 success re-affirms Central Australia as the home of Contemporary Aboriginal art

The Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs is celebrating a wildly successful Desert Mob 2018, with the event breaking all records for the second year in a row.

Boosting Health Services: Installation Begins on Territory’s First Ever PET Scanner

The Territory Labor Government continues to boost health services, with installation of the Territory’s first ever positron emission tomography (PET) Scanner starting this week.

Supporting Community Groups and the Economy

More grants are rolling out the door to more local community organisations since the Territory Labor Government made minor CBF grants available all year and increased them from $10,000 to $15,000.

Territory Tourism Operators Honoured in the 2018 NT Brolga Awards

The Territory Labor Government recognises tourism is an absolute cornerstone of our economy.

Suicide Grants Drive Local Prevention Message

The Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Community Grants have now been fully allocated.

Creating Jobs: $10.3 million tender for Darwin Middle School Multi-Purpose Hall Awarded

Territory company Sunbuild has won the $10.3 million tender to construct a new multi-purpose hall at Darwin Middle School, a project that will support 100 construction jobs for the next year.

Nhulunbuy’s Community Boat Ramp OPEN

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today officially opened the new and improved Community Boat Ramp at Melville Bay in Nhulunbuy.

Turbocharged Darwin Street Art Festival – People’s Choice announced

The final Laneway Series event of 2018 saw hundreds of Territorians flock to Raintree Park for the Gone Troppo Event.

Renal Unit Upgrades to Create 120 jobs

Local Territory contractor Sitzler Pty Ltd has today been awarded the $10.5 million contract to redevelop the existing renal unit in Nightcliff.

New Battery Energy Storage System Will Reinforce Alice Springs as the Solar Capital of Australia

Minister for Renewables and Essential Services Dale Wakefield today launched the new $8.3 million 5MW Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

Creating Local Jobs: Arafura Resources invest more in the Territory

The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is to create local jobs.

The Turbocharged Search for Darwin’s Favourite Street Art wall: Winner Unveiled at Laneway Series

To celebrate the magnificent Darwin Street Art Festival, the search is on for Darwin’s favourite wall.

Creating Local Jobs and Growing Our Population: Population Incentives Commence

The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is creating local jobs. Attracting more people to live in the Territory means more jobs.

Creating Jobs, Skilling Territorians: Jillaroos Drive Growth in Pastoral Apprenticeships

Territory women and girls are increasingly choosing life on the land, driving significant growth in primary industries apprenticeships in the past year.

Jobs, housing focus on remote Arnhem islands

Several construction projects are underway at communities on Groote Eylandt and its neighbouring Bickerton Island.

Four More Day Patrol Vehicles Now on the Street in Darwin & Palmerston

The final two of the four additional Larrakia Nation Day Patrol vehicles hit the streets of Darwin and Palmerston today. The four additional vehicles takes the total to five Day Patrol vehicles.

Investing in our Children and Delivering on Election Commitment: Blueprint for STEM in the NT Launched

Minister for Education Selena Uibo today launched the STEM in the NT strategy, a five year plan to ensure Territory students are equipped with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.


The Territory Labor Government’s comprehensive crack-down on alcohol-fuelled crime and violence continues with the launch today of a targeted program – Alcohol Secure – to help licenced premises across the NT.

Building Brighter Futures: Palmerston School Project to Support 120 Construction Jobs

The $12.6 million first stage of the Territory Labor Government’s fast-tracked government school at Zuccoli will support 120 construction jobs over the next year.

Creating Jobs: Chief Minister to Lead Delegation to Japan and Vietnam

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will travel to Japan where he will hold meetings with several job-creating industries including the major investor in Project Sea Dragon, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Territory’s biggest foreign investor Inpex.

A Territory first – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure project at RDH wins National Award

The Department of Corporate and Information Services and the Department of Health have taken out a prestigious national award for a virtual desktop program that enables hospital staff to spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork.

Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw reappointed

The Territory Labor Government has today announced the reappointment of Northern Territory Commissioner of Police and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services, Reece Kershaw APM.

Free Multistorey Carpark at Royal Darwin Hospital now open

The Territory Labor Government has delivered on another job creating election commitment with the delivery of Royal Darwin Hospital’s new free multistorey carpark – now open to patients, visitors and staff.

Creating Jobs and Supporting Local Rugby League: Warren Park Reaches 50% Construction Milestone

Construction of the $25 million home for local rugby league, Warren Park, has reached the 50% milestone this week.