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Tails Wagging after RSPCA Grant

Some of the Territory’s most unfortunate dogs will have a fortunate start to 2017 with bigger kennels and an exercise yard, thanks to a $50,000 Animal Welfare grant awarded to the RSPCA.

Confirming agricultural development ties with Japan

The Northern Territory and Japanese governments today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which will maximise the access of Territory agri-businesses to the Japanese market.

MyFuel NT to give purchase power to Territory consumers

Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison has announced plans for a website to boost competition and transparency in the Territory fuel sector.

Statement from Nicole Manison, Acting Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government has been advised of a potential class action concerning youth justice.

Getting school budgets right

Acting Education Minister Dale Wakefield today announced an independent review into the Territory Government’s school funding model.

New Year Makeover for Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal

The Cullen Bay ferry terminal is to get a makeover worth almost $500 000.

Chief Minister will give police the numbers they need

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today outlined a four-year recruitment plan to increase Territory Police numbers by 120 over the term of the Labor Government.

1986 Cabinet Records released

Territorians have been given new insight into life in the Territory in 1986 following the release of Cabinet records from that year.


Tourism NT has released the Top 10 Instagram pics based on the highest engagement from 2016.

Driving towards ride-sharing in the Territory

Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister Nicole Manison said today Territorians would have access to increased commercial passenger choices to get them home this time next festive season with work on the introduction of ride-sharing continuing on track.


Dripstone Cliffs, one of the most visited areas in Casuarina Coastal Reserve has a new landscaped picnic area for families and visitors to the Top End to enjoy.

Top teaching graduates get immediate job offers

Education Minister Eva Lawler today presented the top Charles Darwin University (CDU) teaching graduates for 2016 with permanent job offers in Territory schools from next year.

Foodbank’s Darwin Xmas Bonus

The Territory Labor Government will provide $1.4 million over five years for Foodbank NT – delivering on an election commitment that will provide certainty for the organisation and the invaluable charity work it does.

Government Ensures Future of Key Homelessness Program

NT Shelter’s Homelessness Response Group program has been awarded funding to continue to assist homeless people and people at risk of homelessness, secure accommodation and connect with support services, the Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy announced today.

Christmas comes early for Top End fishos

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, is pleased to announce the completion of the Dundee Boat Ramp.

Record number of year 12 students receive NTCET

A record number of year 12 students today received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).


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Revitalising the Darwin CBD – A new plan for housing Health

The Territory Labor Government has today announced that it will undertake a new public tender process for the lease of 10,000 square metres of office accommodation for the Department of Health in the Darwin CBD.


Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss, will release the 1986 Cabinet Records (Embargoed 1 Jan).

$5 million steel stimulus packages now open for registration

Treasurer Nicole Manison today announced that an Expression of Interest (EOI) process is now open for steel fabricators to register their interest in the Northern Territory Government’s $5 million local steel industry stimulus package.

Education ministers in the dark on funding

Education Minister Eva Lawler said she and her state and territory colleagues have come away from today’s COAG Education Council meeting no closer to knowing the Australian Government’s intentions in relation to schools and early childhood funding.


The Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments have agreed to a request from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, to extend its reporting date by four months, to 1 August 2017.

Changes to Northern Territory Planning Commission

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today announced changes to the makeup of the Northern Territory Planning Commission.

Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award to be held in Alice Springs

The annual Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award will be held in Alice Springs at the Araluen Arts Centre for the first time in 2017.

New Era of Modern Travel to Hit Waterfront

The NT Government has taken a monumental step in establishing Darwin as Australia’s first fully operational transportation trial site for an autonomous passenger vehicle.

Keep it local this Christmas

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, is encouraging Territorians to buy local seafood this Christmas to support local businesses and jobs.

Minister seeks a fair deal for Territory Children

Education Minister Eva Lawler has said a fair funding deal is needed at tomorrow’s COAG Education Council meeting in Melbourne to ensure those most vulnerable in our society are well supported to end the cycle of disadvantage

NT Government’s Renewable Energy Panel Holds First Meeting

The NT Government’s target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 took a major step forward today with the announcement of the Expert Panel to deliver a Roadmap to Renewables Report.

Sports funding bound for Alice Springs

Alice Springs sport and active recreation organisations have received four Facility and Capital Equipment (FACE) grants totalling $276,900 as part of the 2016/17 program.

Indigenous support sees noxious fish eradicated from Darwin sacred site

Ken Volwes, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources congratulates Larrakia Traditional Owners and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources for eradicating an aquatic pest from One Mile Dam.

Barkly to benefit from over $150,000 in grants

The Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy announced this week that over $150,000 of community grants have been awarded to the Barkly community ahead of Christmas.

Missing artwork discovered after 35 years

A 44 year old painting by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri that was presumed missing following many years of extensive searches has been discovered in the most unexpected of places

NAPLAN results show improvement but more work needs to be done

Education Minister Eva Lawler said while today’s NAPLAN results indicated improvements in key areas, they also reflect that more has to be done to lift student achievement in literacy and numeracy; particularly for those students in remote and very remote regions.


Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss will return a significant 44 year old painting by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri that was presumed missing following many years of extensive searches. The painting was discovered in the most unsuspecting of places.

New CEOs Announced for Department of Chief Minister and Health Department

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced the two remaining NT Public Sector CEO positions today.

Funding clown play for sick children

Clown Doctors have received a boost with $18,432 in funding approved to help with their projects in the Territory.

Exploring for the Future in the Barkly Region

Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, today welcomed the commencement of the $100 million four-year Australian Government initiative Exploring for the Future.

Children Lead National Agenda

Children were at the core of the agenda at Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s first Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting today.

An iconic new CBD entrance for the capital of the North

Detailed community consultation commences tomorrow for Darwin’s new CBD entrance via Barneson Boulevard and the continued duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive.

$10 million in community grants now open

Applications are now open for the Northern Territory Government’s $10 million Immediate Work Grants for community and not-for-profit groups, to create work and support local jobs.

Putting culture at the centre of Indigenous health care

The Northern Territory Health Minister has launched a new framework, placing culture at the centre of Indigenous health service delivery.



An important step in modernising termination of pregnancy laws

Health Minister Natasha Fyles has opened discussions on plans to change termination of pregnancy laws in the Northern Territory.


A new trade training centre officially opened today at the remote community of Yuendumu, 250km north west of Alice Springs.

Indigenous consumers to put out the ‘Not Welcome’ mat

NT Consumer Affairs is launching an Indigenous consumer awareness campaign as part of the “Its Ok to Walk Away” National Indigenous Consumer Strategy project.

Territory Athletes representing at Friendship Games

Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games last night as the Northern Territory Government representative.


Consumer Affairs Awareness Launch

ENOUGH’S ENOUGH: No Road Carnage this Xmas

A major, first-of-its-kind drink driving awareness campaign was launched today by the NT Government in a bid to save lives on the road this festive season.

ENOUGH’S ENOUGH: No Road Carnage this Xmas

A major, first-of-its-kind drink driving awareness campaign was launched today by the NT Government in a bid to save lives on the road this festive season.

Improving Safety for Remote Area Nurses

The Northern Territory Government will mandate a 'second responder policy' as part of its response to a report on remote area nurse safety.