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Chief Minister to meet with the Prime Minister and State Premiers

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will tomorrow travel to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne for meetings with the Prime Minister and State Premiers.

Axe the backpacker tax

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles today urged the Federal Government to axe the Backpacker Tax.


Settlement negotiations are continuing between the plaintiffs and the Northern Territory Government in the Don Dale litigation matter.

23rd Chief Minister's Northern Territory Export and Industry Awards

Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, has announced that Northern Territory Agrifood business Consolidated Pastoral Company has been named the 2016 NT Exporter of the Year.

Young Territorians Helping To Shape Our Territory

Young Territorians are being encouraged to have their voices heard, with applications now open for the 2017 Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians.

Minister to attend COAG Education Council

Minister for Education Eva Lawler will tomorrow travel to Adelaide to chair the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Education Council and to discuss key priorities for education at a national level.

First ever graduation of Police Cadet Squad

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today attended the first ever graduation ceremony of the Police Cadet Squad.

Nhulunbuy Election Results

Today, after much consideration, the Labor Party President, Syd Stirling, announced that the Labor Party will not be challenging the election results in Nhulunbuy.

Expert teachers come together to share knowledge

Expert teachers from across the Northern Territory will come together at a two-day forum in Darwin today and tomorrow to share knowledge and ideas to help produce better outcomes for Territory kids in the classroom.

Roll-out of body worn video technology for police means more patrols on the beat

Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, today joined the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kate Vanderlaan, and members of the NT Police to announce the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) technology for police.

100% Indigenous owned company wins major contract for offshore gas project

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today welcomed the announcement that local company Rusca Environmental Solutions has been awarded an independent contract to provide Waste Management services for Shell Australia’s ‘Prelude’ Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) offshore gas project.

Timber Creek judgement won't halt negotiations

On 24 August 2016, Justice Mansfield handed down judgement in the Timber Creek Compensation Claim.

Statement on Fracking Moratorium

Today Territory Labor fulfilled its election commitment to implement a moratorium on fracking.

Delivering on our Fracking Moratorium election commitment

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today delivered on a key election commitment by announcing a moratorium and independent scientific inquiry into fracking in the Northern Territory.

Chief Minister Launches October Business Month

Chief Minister and Minister for Trade, Business and Innovation, Michael Gunner today announced an exciting line-up of 171 events across the Territory as part of October Business Month (OBM).

Bringing Back the Arafura Games Begins

Today, as Assistant Minister for Bringing Back the Arafura Games, I will join a Northern Territory Government delegation traveling to Sabah in Malaysia to attend the Sabah International Expo.

Labor Announces a Ministry for all Territorians

Today I announce a strong, stable and coordinated Cabinet team that will create jobs, invest in children and restore trust in Government.

Final Election Results

With the completion of counting in the remaining seats in doubt, Labor can now claim victory in Braitling and Katherine. I congratulate the new members of our team, Dale Wakefield in Braitling and Sandra Nelson in Katherine.

Public Service changes to deliver stable and efficient Government

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced changes to the machinery of government which will create a stable, efficient and coordinated Government focused on delivering on Labor’s agenda to create jobs, invest in children and restore trust in Government.

Preferred proponent selected for Darwin ship lift

The Northern Territory Government will contribute up to $100 million towards a ship-lift facility at East Arm that will position Darwin as the marine services hub for northern Australia.

Health Headquarters moves to select tender process

The Northern Territory Government will proceed with a select tender process for new Department of Health (DoH) headquarters to be based in both Darwin and Palmerston.

Darwin to be home of Australia’s premier squash facility

Darwin will be home to Australia’s premier squash facility with the announcement that the Country Liberals Government has provided a $4.5 million grant to Darwin Squash Centre to upgrade the facilities in Marrara.

Improving lives on homelands and outstations

The Giles Country Liberals Government is continuing to support residents living permanently on Territory homelands with a $5.35 million boost to the Homelands Extra Allowance scheme.

New distance education learning centre officially opens

Today marks an important step forward for distance education in the Territory, with the opening of the new $12.9 million Northern Territory School of Distance Education

Red CentreNATS 6 year deal to stay in Alice Springs

Chief Minister Adam Giles today announced the Northern Territory Government in association with Summernats have finalised an agreement to ensure The Red CentreNATS will continue until 2021.

Larapinta Child and Family Centre opens

Chief Minister Adam Giles today officially opened the $5.5 million Larapinta Child and Family Centre in Alice Springs.

Woodchip Memorandum bringing economic stability for Tiwi

Tiwi Plantations Corporation and Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd (MWO) have today signed a woodchip Transaction Memorandum for the supply of 14 vessels, approximately 500,000 green metric tonnes of woodchip, to Japan (Daio) over a three-year period.

$250 million Westin luxury hotel will go ahead in Darwin

The construction of a $250 million luxury hotel on the Darwin Waterfront will enhance the popular precinct, create hundreds of ongoing jobs, boost tourism and become a destination in its own right.

New Library Management System

The Northern Territory Library is proud to announce the launch of its brand new library management system (LMS) today, Libraries NT.

Music to the ears of Creatives

The Northern Territory music industry will be one of the focus points to receive additional funding support as part of the increased Arts Grants Program budget for 2016/2017.

Home Improvement Scheme generates $10 million work for Territory tradies

The Country Liberals Government’s Home Improvement Scheme is generating a significant boost to the local economy, having created over $10 million of work for Territory small businesses in just two months.

STATEMENT: Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Detention

A statement by the Attorney-General on the Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Detention.

Pilot program to target gambling in Aboriginal communities

The Northern Territory Government is partnering with the Australian National University (ANU), Menzies School of Health Research and Amity Community Services to roll-out an innovative pilot program designed to address gambling harms in Aboriginal Communities.


Northern Territory children have recorded some of the strongest education gains in the country.

2016-17 NT Arts Grants Program announced with increased funding available

Today the Minister for Arts and Museums Gary Higgins announced the new 2016-17 Arts Grants Program of $8.093 million with increased funding available for arts projects ( up to $20 000), community arts festivals (up to $20 000) and a new Professional Development category for professional artists and arts workers (up to $2000) under this Government.

Tourism -Delivering for Litchfield

Improvements being made by several tourism businesses in the Litchfield area will enhance its popularity with visitors in the Top End.

New funding to protect Aboriginal rock art and cultural sites in Limmen National Park

The Parks and Wildlife Commission has received new funding of nearly $100,000 for the protection of Aboriginal rock art and cultural sites in Limmen National Park.

Territory mango exports - a step closer

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has opened a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, inviting proposals from eligible proponents to establish and operate a mango export treatment service in the Top End.

Film industry creates jobs in Arnhem Land

A cast of renowned Australian movie stars, including Guy Pearce, David Gulpilil and Jack Thompson, will appear in a film featuring Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land with the support of the Country Liberals Government.


Clarification regarding remarks on Darwin radio this morning:

Dual lanes open to road users on Tiger Brennan Drive

Dual lanes open to road users on Tiger Brennan Drive

New partnership with Chinese travel company

The Country Liberals Government has taken a major step forward in attracting more Chinese visitors to the Territory, signing an historic Memorandum of Understanding with one of China’s largest travel companies.

Additional public holidays declared for Christmas and New Year

The Northern Territory will officially have two additional public holidays over the upcoming festive season.

Biggest weekend in Territory racing underway

Racing enthusiasts, interstate Ministers, industry officials and participants and punters from right across the country are converging on Darwin as the biggest weekend of the year in racing gets underway.

STATEMENT: Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems

The Northern Territory Government supports the establishment of a Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory.

Henbury School gets the keys to its new home

The Country Liberals Government’s commitment to providing improved education delivery has been evidenced in the northern suburbs today with the completion of the new $31.5 million Henbury School.

New NT Training Commission to shape future of VET sector

The nine Territorians who will help shape the future of the Territory’s vocational education and training (VET) sector have been announced, with appointments to the newly-established NT Training Commission unveiled today.

Winners announced - Northern Territory Literary Awards

The winners of the prestigious Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced tonight at a ceremony at Parliament House.

Student art work promotes road safety

Territory school students have had the opportunity to help repaint Top End bus shelters as part of the Road Safety School Bus Shelter Artwork Initiative which was launched to help eradicate graffiti.

Jemena and NT Government working together for Territory businesses

The Northern Territory Government and energy infrastructure company Jemena are working together to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the NT participate in the Northern Gas Pipeline project through the establishment of the SME Business Investment Fund.