Local Government Act 2019

The Local Government Act 2019 commenced on 1 July 2021 and provides for local government in the Northern Territory.


Regulations made under the Local Government Act 2019 include:


The Minister for Local Government may make guidelines for the purposes of the Local Government Act 2019.

Guidelines made under the Act include:

Guideline 2A: Council member allowances PDF (339.9 KB) was re-made under section 71(2) of Local Government Act 2008 and is continued in force as a transitional arrangement in accordance with section 353 of the Local Government Act 2019.

An information paper is available that explains the requirements of the New local government guidelines PDF (109.9 KB) and how they relate to the previous guidelines.

General instructions

The CEO of the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet may issue general instructions under the Local Government (General) Regulations 2021.

The CEO issued General Instruction 1: Procurement PDF (369.7 KB), which commenced 1 July 2021.

Procurement entity

The CEO of the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet approved the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory as a procurement entity under the Local Government (General) Regulations 2021, subject to conditions. Download the procurement entity approval PDF (418.5 KB).

Code of conduct

The code of conduct set out in schedule 1 of the Local Government Act 2019 governs the conduct of council members, audit committee members, council committee members and local authority members.

To read the code of conduct and how to make a complaint about a council member, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Download the Breach of Code of Conduct complaint form DOCX (25.6 KB) | PDF (164.2 KB). Further information about lodging a complaint is available on the relevant council’s website.

Council by-laws

Council by-laws are listed on the legislation database.

Councils are responsible for making and enforcing their own by-laws.

The Local Government and Regional Development Unit can assist councils to make, amend or repeal council by-laws.

For assistance please email lglaw.cmc@nt.gov.au.

Local government subsidiaries

Section 67 of the Local Government Act 2019 allows for the Minister for Local Government to approve the formation of a body corporate, referred to as a local government subsidiary, to carry out functions related to local government on behalf of its consistent council or councils.

The constitution of a local government subsidiary must be approved by the Minister, pursuant to section 69(1) of the Act.

The Minister has approved the Constitution of CouncilBIZ. Download the Constitution PDF (2.6 MB).

Last updated: 06 July 2021

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