Cabinet and Protocol NT


Protocol NT provides expert protocol advice and support to the Chief Minister, Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Northern Territory (NT) Government and other stakeholders with the aim of promoting positive relationships and outcomes for the benefit of the Territory.

Protocol NT:

  • manages a range of traditional protocol functions within the NT relating to ceremony, table of precedence, forms of address, the NT flag, Coat of Arms and other official emblems of the Territory;
  • coordinates official Ministerial-hosted functions and major government ceremonial and special events, including state funerals and memorial services;
  • supports the planning and delivery of royal, head of state, head of mission and other dignitary visits to the NT;
  • liaises with the diplomatic and consular corps to facilitate engagement with the Chief Minister, NT ministers, the Northern Territory Government and other NT stakeholders;
  • operates official chauffeur services;
  • provides advice relating to official gifts and  formal gift exchanges
  • offers general protocol-related event management advice to NT businesses and the general public.

These services help government promote the Territory as a place to live, work and invest, contribute to the growth of stronger national and international relationships and help foster a strong community spirit through recognising achievement and celebrating important events.

NT Flag and emblems

Go to the NT Flag web pages to read about the history and use of the Northern Territory Flag, including how and when to fly a national and/or Territory flag at half-mast.

Organisations can sign up for NT flag marshal notifications here, to receive information regarding occasions where it is appropriate to fly the NT Flag and Australian National Flag at half-mast.

Read about the Coat of Arms and other official emblems.

Northern Territory table of precedence

The NT table of precedence lists the order for seating and acknowledging the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Members of the Legislative Assembly, members of the Judiciary, government officials and other dignitaries at official functions held in the Territory.

Commonwealth table of precedence

The Commonwealth table of precedence lists the order for seating and acknowledging government officials and other dignitaries at ceremonies and functions that include dignitaries from outside the Territory.

Guidance for events and ceremonies held in the NT

Protocol information is available to guide the coordination of events in the NT, including guidance regarding the representation of elected officials, correct acknowledgement of dignitaries and appropriate use of post-nominals. Read the guidance for events and ceremonies held in the NT.

Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country

Including a Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country during formalities is an important recognition of the Traditional Owners of the land on which an event is being held.

  • ‘Welcome to Country’: can only be offered by a Traditional Owner of the land on which the event is taking place.
  • ‘Acknowledgement of Country’: can be given by a non-Traditional Owner and while no formal wording is required, something like the following would be appropriate.

“I acknowledge that we gather on the traditional lands of the Larrakia people and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.”

A Welcome to Country would only occur once, however each speaker at an event may, or may not offer an Acknowledgement of Country as part of their speech.

Dress code

Invitations to official functions indicate required dress standards according to the Northern Territory Dress Code. Read about the dress code for official functions in the NT.


Contact Protocol NT by emailing or calling 08 8999 6238.

The office:

  • provides secretariat services to the Northern Territory Cabinet, the Executive  Council and the Remuneration Tribunal
  • advises ministers and agencies on machinery-of-government matters, maintains  the government’s Administrative Arrangements Orders and has a coordination role  in managing a number of whole-of-government databases and reporting to Cabinet
  • coordinates arrangements for regional Cabinet visits
  • works with the NT Archives Services in relation to the annual opening of 30  year old Cabinet records
  • provides a ministerial liaison service to the Department of the Chief Minister  and its ministers
  • manages the government’s election commitments database
  • makes arrangements for the appointment of ministers and NTPS chief executive  officers
  • provides a parliamentary liaison service for government including tabling of  Government documents and regulations and coordination of responses to  parliamentary written questions
  • administers the Assembly Members and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Other  Entitlements) Act
  • advises and assists agencies on matters relating to government board administration and remuneration
  • has responsibilities in respect of the NT (Self-Government) Act, Audit Act,  Interpretation Act and the Electoral Act
  • provides secretariat support to those committees chaired by the Department’s  CEO.

Cabinet Handbook

A copy of the Cabinet Handbook can be found on Territory Stories

Last updated: 19 September 2017

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