Investing in the bush

The Department of the Chief Minister is committed to creating strong connected communities leading change for their regions.  This supports the Northern Territory Government key Priority of ‘Investing in the bush’ delivering strategic projects that create jobs, improve regional infrastructure, encourage investment and restore local decision making to strengthen regional and remote communities.

The Department of the Chief Ministers key areas of focus for delivering on the ‘Investing in the Bush’ priority include:

Key priorities include:

  • Treaty
  • renewing the Aboriginal Affairs Strategy
  • supporting government’s commitment to Local Decision Making
  • supporting emerging Aboriginal leaders
  • offering support for Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum
  • and ensuring land and sea ownership delivers on economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal people.

These projects are coordinated by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs.

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

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The Northern Territory Government has committed $1.3 million to commence government’s Local Decision Making agenda.

Local Decision Making is a 10 year commitment to transfer, where possible, government service delivery to Aboriginal people and organisations based on their community aspirations.

It is about government, Aboriginal representative organisations and Aboriginal people working together on:

  • Housing
  • Local Government
  • Education and Training
  • Health
  • Looking after children
  • Law and Justice.

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The Northern Territory Government has committed to discussions on developing a Treaty in the Northern Territory with Aboriginal Territorians. The government’s new approach to Aboriginal Affairs focuses on empowerment, engagement, and capacity building to support treaty or agreement making.

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The First Circles Leadership Program supports emerging Aboriginal leaders from across remote communities.

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The NT Government has developed an Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan to better coordinate Aboriginal land and native title matters across the Northern Territory, and ensure land and sea ownership to delivers on the economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal Territorians.

The Action Plan contains 10 actions the NT Government wants to implement in partnership with Traditional Owners, land councils, the Commonwealth Government and other affected stakeholders.

Actions range from resolving outstanding land claims and developing comprehensive native title policies, to supporting economic development and employment opportunities on Aboriginal land.

While everyone has their own priorities and views, we need to work together wherever possible, not just for the benefit of Aboriginal Territorians, but for all Territorians.

Last updated: 17 October 2019

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