Aboriginal Affairs

The Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet is committed to creating strong connected communities leading change for their regions.

There are a number of key projects coordinated by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in addition to the following key areas of focus:

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The Northern Territory Government has committed $1.3 million to commence government’s Local Decision Making agenda.

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
  • Law and Justice.

The Northern Territory Government has committed to discussions on developing a Treaty in the Northern Territory with Aboriginal Territorians. The government’s new approach to Aboriginal Affairs focuses on empowerment, engagement, and capacity building to support treaty or agreement making.

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The First Circles Leadership Program supports emerging Aboriginal leaders from across remote communities.

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The NT Government has developed an Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan to better coordinate Aboriginal land and native title matters across the Northern Territory, and ensure land and sea ownership to delivers on the economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal Territorians.

The Action Plan contains 10 actions the NT Government wants to implement in partnership with Traditional Owners, land councils, the Commonwealth Government and other affected stakeholders.

Actions range from resolving outstanding land claims and developing comprehensive native title policies, to supporting economic development and employment opportunities on Aboriginal land.

While everyone has their own priorities and views, we need to work together wherever possible, not just for the benefit of Aboriginal Territorians, but for all Territorians.

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) provides registered and professional Aboriginal interpreters. They are here to help to make sure your story in understood.

You can use an interpreter for anything like talking to Centrelink, a doctor or to housing, not just for court. Interpreters are fully trained so they keep your story secret and don’t take sides. To book an Aboriginal interpreter, call 1800 334 944.

You can book an Aboriginal language interpreter to work anytime - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Interpreter services include:

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service does not translate written documents.

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service in the Northern Territory (NT) has:

  • about 30 interpreters on staff covering the major languages of the NT
  • more than 270 active casual interpreters covering close to 100 languages and dialects
  • seven trainers from backgrounds such as linguistics, health, adult education and law.

Find out more about Aboriginal Interpreter Service including services and fees

Last updated: 05 November 2020

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