Population and Revitalisation

The Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet is committed to a growing economy in places where Territorians want to live. Growing the Northern Territory’s population is critical to growing our economy.

A larger, more diverse population will mean better services, a stronger retail sector, more opportunity, more jobs, more significant private investment, and more revenue for the Territory.

The Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet key areas of focus include:


The Northern Territory Government has developed a framework for attracting people to the Territory, and encouraging those already here to stay for the long term. The Population Growth Strategy will be supported by annual Population Growth Action Plans.

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The Northern Territory Government is working to bring new life and vibrancy to Darwin. To drive population growth, create more jobs and cement Darwin as a fantastic place to live, work and visit.
We are working with the Australian Government and the City of Darwin to transform our city into a world class tourism and cultural destination.

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Alice Springs is the heart of Australia's Red Centre. Our goal, is to establish the region as Australia’s inland capital. The revitalisation of the Alice Springs CBD is one of the Northern Territory Government priorities to improve the liveability and attractiveness of Alice Springs for residents and visitors.

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The Barkly Regional Deal is a joint partnership between the three levels of government to support the region’s economic and social development. Under the Local Decision Making plan the Northern Territory Government partners with Aboriginal communities to assist the transition of government services and programs to community control.

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The Northern Territory Government is establishing a $89 million co-investment fund to accelerate major and significant projects in the Territory.

The fund will support economic transformation projects and will help high growth potential Territory businesses to increase exports of goods and services both interstate and internationally.

For more information go to the Local Jobs Fund website.

Developing and implementing a Territory benefit plan will assist a project to earn and maintain their social licence in the local community.

Read the Territory benefit policy.

Key elements of a Territory benefit plan

A proponent’s Territory benefit plan should address all phases of their project and outline their:

  • project overview
  • Territory benefit commitments and strategies
  • communications and reporting strategy.

When developing a Territory benefit plan, project proponents are encouraged to consider what they can do to achieve a wide range of benefits including:

  • workforce development
  • employment
  • Aboriginal employment
  • diverse workforce
  • local suppliers of goods and services
  • Aboriginal suppliers of goods and services
  • local investment in and contribution to the shared value in the local community.

Project proponents are required to publicly share their plan’s key commitments and report on outcomes achieved. Proponents can determine the reporting communication approach that best suits their project’s stakeholders. This communication and reporting strategy will need to be outlined in the Territory benefit plan.

More information is available at attachment A and the appendix of the policy.

For more information

Industry Development
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation 
Phone: 08 8999 6098

Last updated: 12 June 2019

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