Investing in the bush
All Territorians deserve to live in communities that provide the economic, social and cultural support they need to thrive.
The Northern Territory Government is delivering strategic projects that create jobs, improve regional infrastructure, encourage investment and restore local decision making to strengthen regional and remote communities.
Investing in remote housing
Having access to housing underpins efforts to secure the health and wellbeing of families and communities.
The Territory Government’s ongoing commitment to addressing Aboriginal disadvantage is reflected in the 10-year, $1.1 billion Remote Housing Investment Package Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes.
Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes. is constructing new homes in remote communities HomeBuild NT, increasing living spaces in existing homes Room to Breathe, delivering a preventative Repairs and Maintenance program and expanding Government Employee Housing including locally recruited NT Government employees in remote communities.
Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes. is supported by investment in land servicing, headworks and essential services infrastructure.
Local Decision Making
Local Decision Making is a 10 year commitment to transfer, where possible, government service delivery to Aboriginal people and organisations based on their community aspirations.
It is about government, Aboriginal representative organisations and Aboriginal people working together on housing, local government, education and training, health, looking after children and law and justice.
Government recognises that building, supporting and investing in strong Aboriginal governance is necessary to ensure local people drive local solutions and that Aboriginal organisations are supported in the management of Local Decision Making.
The First Nation peoples of the Northern Territory never ceded sovereignty of their lands, seas and waters and were self-governing in accordance with their traditional laws and customs.
The Northern Territory Government has commenced discussions on developing a Treaty (or Treaties) with First Nations peoples in the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory Treaty Commission is headed up by the NT Treaty Commissioner, Professor Mick Dodson AM. The role of the Treaty Commissioner is to consult with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory to inform development of a framework for future treaty negotiations.
The Treaty Commissioner is required to deliver an interim report and a Discussion Paper for public release and later a final report to the NT Chief Minister on the outcomes of the consultations and recommendations for the framework.
The Territory Government is committed to working with Aboriginal people and will take the time to get this right.
Investing in homelands
The Territory Government continues to provide support for homelands as a contribution towards the cost of living in remote locations on the basis that homeland residents have a shared responsibility for the management and maintenance of their housing and infrastructure.
Assistance is provided for the delivery of municipal and essential services, and the maintenance and improvement of currently occupied dwellings by homelands service providers.
Connect NT - roads and telecommunications
Much of the Territory’s economic potential is reliant on land, sea, air and telecommunications access. Reliable connectivity also enables economic opportunity and social development for regional and remote communities.
The NT Government continues to improve access for regional and remote communities across 1.421 million km² and currently manages:
- more than 22 000 kilometres of national highways, arterial and local roads
- 14 barge landings
- 70 Aerodromes
New and upgrade works continue on roads, bridges, aerodromes and barge landing infrastructure to deliver improved safety, access and flood immunity.
The NT Government also recognises the importance of telecommunications services in remote communities and the economic and social value these services bring. Territorians, no matter where they live, deserve to have the same access to reliable and effective telecommunications services as other Australians. Access to high quality telecommunications is especially critical in our remote areas for health and education, for economic development and creating local jobs, for community wellbeing and for staying connected with family and friends.