Creating local jobs

The Department of the Chief Minister is committed to a growing economy in places where Territorians want to live. This in turn supports the Northern Territory Government key Priority of ‘Creating local jobs’ - 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.

To understand the Priorities of Territory Government as it relates to a whole of government approach, please visit

The Department of the Chief Ministers key areas of focus for delivering on the ‘Creating local jobs’ priority 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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Creating a better Darwin

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 committed to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 for electricity supplied to Territory households and businesses, while at the same time ensuring secure and reliable electricity is available at the least cost to consumers and taxpayers.

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Last updated: 17 October 2019

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