Our Priorities

The NT Government’s key priorities include:  Treaty, renewing the Aboriginal Affairs Strategy, supporting government’s commitment to Local Decision Making and ensuring land and sea ownership delivers on economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal people.

Local Decision Making

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.

Government recognised that building, supporting and investing in, strong Aboriginal governance is necessary to ensure local people drive local solutions and that Aboriginal organisations are supported in the management of Local Decision Making.

Land and Sea

The NT Government is committed to ensuring land and sea ownership delivers on the economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal Territorians. Work is underway to develop an Aboriginal Land and Sea Strategy, including the resolution of outstanding Aboriginal land claims.

This work will be undertaken with land councils and Traditional Owners to drive actions under the Aboriginal Land and Sea Strategy including NT administrative and legislative improvements and Commonwealth legislative improvements.
The NT Government will work in partnership with land councils and Traditional Owners to drive actions under the Aboriginal Land and Sea Strategy including NT and Commonwealth administrative and legislative improvements.

Treaty

The Northern Territory Government has committed to commencing 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.  

The first step in the Treaty process has been the appointment of Aboriginal Advisors to the Aboriginal Affairs Sub-Committee of Cabinet. The Sub-Committee will be an important driver of the Treaty process and will also guide the Treaty agenda.  

We will provide firmer details on the start of the consultation process in the latter half of 2017. It is important that Aboriginal voices are heard and engagement will be inclusive, accessible and ongoing. The Northern Territory Government is committed to working with Aboriginal people and we will take the time to get this right.

Renewed Aboriginal Affairs Strategy

Work is underway to renew an NT Aboriginal Affairs Strategy in alignment with a refresh of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap Framework. This will be shaped through working in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities to drive community control and improve and strengthen cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Last updated: 06 September 2017