Unlocking opportunities for Aboriginal Territorians

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:


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 who are trained to interpret accurately and be impartial.

The AIS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Standard business hours are 8am to 4:21pm, Monday to Friday.

After hours interpreting services are for urgent matters only.

Call 1800 334 944 for general enquiries and interpreter bookings across all regions.


Interpreter services include:

  • face-to-face interpreting
  • video or phone interpreting
  • recording and scripting projects.

The AIS does not translate written documents.

Find out more about the AIS including services and fees on the Northern Territory Government website.

Last updated: 12 June 2019

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