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Protecting our Environment: Gamba Action Program Begins

The Territory Government is continuing its fight against gamba grass by today launching the 2020-2021 Gamba Action Program.

Chok’s Place Goes Back to Back at Laksa Festival

The votes are in and the laksa lovers have spoken – and Chok’s Place has taken out the top spot with the coveted ‘Golden Bowl’ at the 2020 Darwin International Laksa Festival for the second year in a row.

Records Smashed in the 2020 Laksa Festival

There’s just one sleep left until the Darwin CBD comes alive with all things laksa, for the finale of the second Darwin International Laksa Festival.

Festive Season Funding to Support Small Businesses

The Northern Territory Government is introducing two new grant programs to help struggling small businesses continue trading and keep Territorians in jobs over the Christmas period.

An extra Public Holiday for Territorians in 2020

The Northern Territory Government will declare Saturday, 26 December 2020 a public holiday – to recognise and reward the Territory workers who have made extraordinary contributions to the Territory’s survival and success this year.

NRL 2021: Darwin to host ANZAC Round Clash

The Parramatta Eels will take on the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL’s Anzac round at TIO Stadium on Friday, 23 April 2021.

NRL 2021: Darwin to host ANZAC Round Clash

The Parramatta Eels will take on the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL’s Anzac round at TIO Stadium on Friday, 23 April 2021.

Recognising Excellence: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner Awards

Three outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners have been recognised today at an awards ceremony at Parliament House for excellence in their fields.

Lighting the SPARK for five Territory Filmmakers

Five emerging Territory filmmakers have each received $25,000 from the NT Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), as part of the SPARK short film initiative.

Full Speed Ahead for 2021 Darwin Supercars

The Darwin Triple Crown weekend will take place from 18-20 June next year with hospitality tickets on sale from 10am today, and general admission tickets from Friday, 27 November.

New COVID-safe Check-in System Available Next Week

The Northern Territory Government is releasing a new app to help local businesses and organisations with the new COVID-safe check-in system that begins from next week.

Mandorah Marine Masterplan Released

The Territory Labor Government has released the technical concept design for the new marine facilities at Mandorah.

NT History Grants Awarded

The Territory’s intriguing yesteryear will be brought to life by local history buffs, thanks to a $58,000 boost from the Territory Labor Government.

Partnership sees Additional Plastic Surgery Services at Top End Hospitals

The Department of Health is working in partnership with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons to facilitate additional plastic surgery procedures at the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH).

$4.8 million Urban Oval Lighting Upgrades Project Complete

Sport continues to have a brighter future in the Northern Territory with the completion of the job creating lighting upgrade project at Nightcliff Oval.

Huge Number of NT Finalists in Australian Training Awards

Nine of the Territory’s top trainees, apprentices, trainers and training providers are proudly representing the NT at the 2020 Australian Training Awards tonight.

Huge Step Forward for Darwin Ship Lift

Construction of the Ship Lift is on track to begin next year with the Design and Construction Expression of Interest (EOI) now completed, with five applicants progressing to the next stage.

Supporting Local Jobs: McArthur River Mine Mining Management Plan Approved

Minister for Mining and Industry Nicole Manison has approved McArthur River Mining amended Mining Management Plan 2020, enabling the continuation of mining activities and ongoing employment of around 1000 employees and contractors.

Roadhouse to Recovery Grants Open Today

A multi-million dollar scheme that provides Territory roadhouses and wayside inns up to $150,000 to improve their visitor experience opens today.

Boosting Local Jobs: Defence Advocate to Maximise Defence Investment in the NT

One of Australia’s most renowned national security strategists has been appointed as the new Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate.

Budget 2020: $5.2 Million for Territory leavers to Get SET in the NT

2020 has been a challenging time for our Year 12 students with periods of uncertainty which may have impacted on their plans beyond school.

Budget 2020: $5.2 Million for Territory leavers to Get SET in the NT

2020 has been a challenging time for our Year 12 students with periods of uncertainty which may have impacted on their plans beyond school.

Budget 2020: $120 million to keep the Territory the safest place in Australia

$120 million has been earmarked in Budget 2020 for the Territory’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and to ensure the Northern Territory remains the safest place in Australia.

Supporting Aboriginal Tourism Operators: Grant Round Commences Today

Applications open this morning for Round 2 of the Territory Labor Government’s Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program.


The Territory Labor Government today delivered the 2020 Budget. The Budget focuses on protecting Territorians, putting jobs first and kick-starting the Territory’s economic recovery.

Red Tape Busting - Cleaning Up Old Liquor Act Applications

The Territory Labor Government will urgently pass legislation this week to cut red tape and speed up the decision making process for the last two applications made under the former Liquor Act 1978.

NT Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week this year recognises the occupation of First Nations people for over 65,000 years with the theme Always Was, Always Will Be.

Gamba Army Recruitment Begins

The Territory Labor Government has stepped up its fight against Gamba Grass with recruitment for the Gamba Army beginning.

Education Family Engagement Charter Released Today

A new Charter around Family Engagement with schools has been released today to coincide with the Council of Government Schools Organisation (NT COGSO) Annual Full Council Meeting this morning.

Keep River Road Complete

The $58 million Keep River Road project is now complete and officially open.

First Ever Territory Breast Cancer Research Trial to be Run at RDH

Royal Darwin Hospital is participating in a research program for new and improved breast cancer treatments in partnership with Breast Cancer Trials, the first research project of its kind for the NT.

Home and Business Battery Scheme Vouchers Hitting Territory Businesses

More than 300 Territorians have applied for the Territory Labor Governments Home and Business Battery Scheme (HBBS), with over 230 vouchers hitting local businesses.

Territory Tourism Vouchers Snapped up in Record Time

Territorians were ready and waiting for the 8pm Territory Tourism Vouchers to go live last night with vouchers fully subscribed in a matter of hours.

Battery Energy Storage System Procurement Begins

The Territory Labor Government knows that investing in renewables delivers clean, affordable and reliable energy for Territorians, attracts new private investment and creates more local jobs.

Territory Tourism Voucher Registrations Commence 8pm Tonight

Territorians are being encouraged to plan their next Territory Adventures before the second round of the coveted Territory Tourism Voucher registrations go live at 8pm.

Creating Safer Communities & Cutting Crime: Major Grant Funding Now Open

Over $270,000 of grant funding becomes available tomorrow through the NT Health 2020-21 Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Grants Program.

World Teachers Day: Recognising Territory Educator Excellence

Territory teacher excellence in the face of a global pandemic will be celebrated this World Teachers Day, with the community given the chance to thank school teachers, principals, leaders and support staff for their dedication and commitment to providing quality education for Territory students.

Portrait of a Senior Territorian Award Finalists Announced

Finalists in the Territory’s only portrait art award have been announced with 27 artists now in the running for the $10,500 prize pool.

Building Brighter Futures: Families as First Teachers sites Doubled

The Territory Labor Government is on track to deliver on its election commitment to deliver 58 new Families as First Teachers sites with a further 15 delivered in 2020.

Turbocharging Tourism: Visitor Experience Enhancement Program Round 4 Awarded

$1.5 million in grants is being awarded to over 60 Territory businesses to enhance their visitor offerings through the Territory Labor Government’s Visitor Experience Enhancement Program (VEEP).

Red Tape Cutting ‘MVR for Business’ Portal Available for Local Businesses

The Territory Labor Government is making the NT the easiest place to do business.

Tourism Vouchers: Round 2 Around the Corner

The Never Have I Ever Territory Tourism Voucher round 2 registrations open next Monday – with uptake expected to be to be as high as round 1.

2020 International Laksa Festival Food Tour Begins

The Top End will experience everything laksa for the next four weeks with the month long Laksa trail kicking off today.

Major Event Funding Applications Open Tomorrow

Northern Territory Major Events Company tomorrow launches a new round of event funding.

2020 Beat Festival Goes Virtual

Over 1,000 Territory Kids across the NT will participate in the re-imagined digital 2020 Beat Festival with the apt theme ‘Flight – Lift Off After Lock Down’, commencing 9 November.

Funding to Deliver Coolalinga Road Safety Upgrades

The $28.64 million Coolalinga Road Safety upgrade project along the Stuart Highway is progressing well, with part of the road’s long-term traffic management solution now available.

Ongoing Jobs and Development through the NT’s largest agricultural land releases

Diversifying the Northern Territory economy is one way the Territory Labor Government is creating long term local jobs.

Growing Our Economy - Another Strong Year in Mineral Exploration and Production

The mineral production and exploration expenditure figures for 2019/20 have been released showing another strong year for the Territory mining sector.

Parliamentary Preview: First Meeting of the Legislative Assembly

The 14th Northern Territory Parliament will sit for the first time tomorrow.

Adelaide River Floodplains Construction Underway

Construction on the Adelaide River Floodplain Upgrade is underway, with funding increased to include early ground improvement works for the upgrade of the Beatrice Hill Section.