Strengthening the regions

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 (NT) 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.

Territory regional growth

The NT Government is committed to a pathway for the Territory to achieve a $40 billion economy by 2030. Our regions are the engine room of our growth. We are implementing local priorities and delivering increased investment, prioritisation and decision making in each region.

Regional Development Framework

The Regional Development Framework guides the way regional development will be communicated, coordinated and delivered.

It recognises regional communities have their own strengths, aspirations and ideas. It provides the model for regional governance and collaboration between governments, industry, business, land councils, regional development bodies and the non-government sector.

Regional Government model

The Framework guides how regions will:

  • support effective regional economic planning, implementation and project facilitation including coordinating effort from all spheres of government and stakeholders – with support to facilitate feasibility and business case development for investment attraction
  • establish effective governance and engagement arrangements across agencies, stakeholders, business leaders, traditional owners and communities that provide a clear regional voice to government
  • identify barriers and enablers to regional economic growth, including areas for structural reform and priority government investment
  • develop Regional Economic Growth Plans to inform priorities for government investment, attract private sector investment, increase Aboriginal economic development and support local industry growth and diversification
  • access regionally derived data, information and analysis to improve and inform decision making, regional investment and measurable outcomes.

Read the Regional Development Framework PDF (1.2 MB).

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Regional Economic Growth Committees will lead the development of Regional Economic Growth Plans. The Growth Plans will:

  • identify regional priorities for economic growth and the implementation pathways and actions required to deliver them
  • support government decision making and private sector investment decisions
  • define the region’s connection and contribution to the Territory’s overall growth strategy and the regional implementation of identified priorities
  • set goals and actions that allow a region to prioritise what is most important and how they can be implemented to locally agreed timelines and delivery methods.

Regional Economic Summaries and Growth Planning can be found for each region below:

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.

Visit the Local Decision Making website

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.

Visit the Revitalising Alice website

Local Decision Making (LDM) is facilitating a new working relationship between Aboriginal communities and government agencies to support self-determination.

Visit the Local Decision Making website.

The Darwin City Deal is a ten year agreement between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments and the City of Darwin.

Visit the Activate Darwin website

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA) is responsible for providing support, engagement and advice to Aboriginal people and government on significant Aboriginal Affairs priorities through strategic Aboriginal policy matters, key projects and meaningful engagement and partnerships.

Visit the Office of Aboriginal Affairs website

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Local government and regional development

Last updated: 26 September 2022

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