East Arnhem

The East Arnhem Regional Economic Growth Committee (REGC) has been an integral part of the East Arnhem economic and business development landscape since Regional Economic Development Committees were initially established across the regions of the Northern Territory and most recently has provided advice and support through the difficult COVID-19 years (under the banner of Regional Reconstruction Committees).

The East Arnhem REGC has maintained a proactive, consistent and committed membership and provided strong advocacy for the region for many years. The current membership includes:

  • Anindilyakwa Land Council
  • Arnhem Aboriginal Business Council members – currently Gumatj Corporation, Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, North East Arnhem Land Aboriginal Corporation and Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation
  • BIG Carpentry
  • Chamber of Commerce NT
  • Australian Government – National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Developing East Arnhem Limited
  • Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
  • East Arnhem Regional Council
  • Goŋ-Ḏäl Aboriginal Corporation
  • Gove Real Estate
  • Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited
  • Northern Land Council
  • Northern Territory Government - Departments of the Chief Minister and Cabinet; Industry, Tourism and Trade; and Education
  • Regional Development Australia NT
  • Rio Tinto
  • Tourism East Arnhem

East Arnhem Regional Economic Growth Plan

  • This East Arnhem Regional Economic Growth Plan was developed by the REGC and aims to capture the collective vision of the East Arnhem community with regard to economic development and growth for the next 10 years. The Plan describes the context for this economic growth, including the enablers and limitations that currently exist in East Arnhem’s economic ecosystem.

The Plan set of targets for economic growth and makes a range of recommendations for future action to assist in achievement of these objectives.

View the East Arnhem Regional Economic Growth Plan PDF (4.6 MB)

East Arnhem Region

  • The East Arnhem region is home to the one of the world’s longest continuing cultures and is entirely Aboriginal freehold land.
  • Set against a spectacular natural environment, the region has a history of trade and entrepreneurship, and is connected with national and international markets.
  • The population is approximately 15 000, of which more than 75% are Yolŋu or Anindilyakwa.
  • There are eleven main communities in the region: Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala and Gunyaŋara (collectively referred to as the Gove Peninsula), Galiwin'ku, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Milingimbi and the Groote communities of Alyangula, Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra as well as more than fifty homelands and satellite communities across the region.
  • The gross regional product of the East Arnhem Region was just under $1 billion in 2021, representing approximately 3.8% of the Territory economy.
Indicator (2020-21) East Arnhem
Gross Regional Product $0.98 billion
Small Businesses Index 7.7 small businesses per 1000 people
Total Jobs 5,782
Labour Force 28% of total population
Unemployment Rate 13.8% of Labour Force
Long Term Unemployment 23% of total population
University Qualified 8.8% of working age population
Technical Qualified 14.1% of working age population

The Regional Economic Growth Plan does not duplicate core information or strategies already established in the region and actions other related plans.

Key interrelated plans and documents include:


Last updated: 29 July 2022

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