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Teacher Registration Boards are in the Territory for the national meeting

For the first time, the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory is hosting the Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (ARTA) annual general meeting in Darwin.

Death in Custody

A 31 year old prisoner has been found dead at the Darwin Correctional Centre.

Northern Territory Archives Launches Online Oral History Search

More than 2000 oral history interviews of Territorians can now be searched online with computer and mobile devices.

Award-winning Beanie displayed at Northern Territory Library

The magnificence of Central Australia has inspired a Territory health worker to create an award-winning beanie, now on display at the Northern Territory Library (NTL).

Mass rehearsal for the upcoming Beat Festival

Today, over 700 students from schools across Darwin are taking part in a mass rehearsal for the annual Beat Festival at Marrara Indoor Stadium.

Flu season is here

The NT Department of Health has issued an alert to Territorians advising that the 2016 flu season has arrived, but it is still not too late get vaccinated.

Harbour oil spill update

The chair of the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority, Dr Bill Freeland, has provided this update on Friday’s oil spill in the Darwin Harbour.

Desert Mob 2016

One of the nation’s premier Aboriginal art and cultural events is set to open on Thursday 8 September.

Oolloo Water Advisory Committee

The Oolloo Water Advisory Committee is set to meet for the first time in Katherine today.

Harbour oil spill investigation continues

The Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and other agencies are continuing to investigate today's significant oil spill in Darwin Harbour.

Australian Sea Turtle Symposium

The Territory Wildlife Park will next week host the 3rd Australian Sea Turtle Symposium.

Soil and Land Capability Assessment in the Barkly Region

The Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) today released the latest in a series of reports identifying soil and land capability across the Northern Territory.

Weighing into better heavy vehicle services

Transport industry operators can now operate with increased confidence that their vehicles are operating within legal mass limits, thanks to a recent overhaul of the Berrimah weighbridge.

National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey

A plan to develop measures to improve the level of roadworthiness of heavy vehicles in Australia was approved in November 2015 by Transport Ministers from all jurisdictions.

Darwin Artist Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program

Arts NT director Angela Hill has congratulated Northern Territory digital artist Jonathan Saunders on his selection as one of six Indigenous Australians to participate in the prestigious international arts leadership program ACCELERATE.

Parents, students and school staff - we want your feedback!

The School Survey is back and today marks the start of a three week period where parents, students and school staff can provide valuable feedback to their schools.

Order personalised plates online

Northern Territory motorists can now order personalised number plates online.

Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund grants offer new opportunities

Grants are now open for regional organisations to undertake infrastructure projects that will lead to economic growth, employment opportunities and contribute towards building a prosperous Northern Territory.

'No More' anti-domestic violence program rolls out through Corrections

NT Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS) has joined forces with No More, a local Territorian initiative against family violence.

Start of biting midge season

Biting midges will be out in high numbers from 15 to 21 August coinciding with the full moon.

Award winning play heads to Araluen Arts Centre

Broken, the award winning play by Territory playwright Mary Anne Butler, heads to the Araluen Arts Centre on Thursday, August 18, at 8pm.

Year 9 students share the value of respect, responsibilty and fairness

Year 9 students from Centralian Middle School have teamed up with local media outlet CAAMA to produce a short film to share the meaning of the school’s values with the local community.

Tourism NT launches new consumer travel website

A new consumer travel website launched by Tourism NT is expected to triple visits to the website to approximately 3 million over 12 months.

Cheers! Tourism operators on mission to increase Chinese visitors to NT

Eleven NT tourism operators are in China on a mission to sell tourism in the Territory.

Students experience technology of the future at the Skills 2021 Expo

Over 500 students from 18 schools across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural region are exploring the world of new-age technology today at the Department of Education’s Skills 2021 Expo.

Animal Welfare Grants Awarded

Nearly $200,000 has been delivered to nine animal welfare not-for-profit organisations to help provide awareness, education and benefits to animal welfare in the Territory.

High Class Agricultural Land Identified in Wildman River Region

The Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) today released a report that has identified 8994 hectares as ‘high class’ land for agriculture.

Rio 2016 Olympics comes to the Darwin Waterfront

Watch the Rio 2016 Olympics live on the big screen at the Darwin Waterfront.

Population Summit

The Northern Territory Population Summit was delivered in response to public feedback the Northern Australia Development Office (NADO) received throughout earlier public engagement forums on population growth.

Barkly Nature Watch

Get out and about on these great (and free!) opportunities with Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (PWCNT) as part of Barkly Nature Watch!

Dynamic future for screen industry in the Territory

The Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) report into the future of the Territory screen industry has been released.

Berry Springs Water Allocation Plan 2016-2026

The Berry Springs Water Allocation Plan 2016-2026 is in effect and can be viewed at

Owen Springs Reserve birdwatching 4x4 tag along tour

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (PWCNT) and local birdwatching experts from the Birdlife Central Australia group will run a birdwatching tag along tour at Owen Springs Reserve as part of the Red Centre Bird Festival.

Learn to Fly at Darwin Waterfront

From 6–20 August 2016, Fly Factory will run two hour trapeze workshops at Darwin Waterfront daily (excluding Mondays) for the young and young at heart.

Free Fun for all at the Tropical Garden Fair

The creation of a signature garden by an international celebrity landscape designer is set to be one of several highlights at next weekend’s Tropical Garden Fair at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (GBDBG).

Lots of activities at the Red Centre Bird Festival

The 7th annual Red Centre Bird Festival celebrates the diverse birdlife of Central Australia providing activities for experienced birdwatchers, nature lovers and those starting the journey of birdwatching.

Free buses to Darwin Festival events

In true community spirit, buses to and from Darwin Festival events are once again free to the public.


The Alice Springs Language Centre is providing greater choice to middle years students, today launching the new Middle Years Indigenous Language Translation Course for Centralian Middle School and Arlparra School students.

Cabomba Eradication Program Ramps Up At Darwin River

The fight against cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) has ramped up following the launch of a brand new 4m boat in Darwin today.

Solar shines as Darwin Aquaculture Centre slashes its power bill

The Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC) has a new solar system that will save $40,000 a year in energy costs.

Varuna Residential Fellowship

Territory writers and illustrators can now apply for a new residential fellowship to help them develop a new work in an inspirational and productive environment.

Pesona Indonesia – Saturday 30 July 2016

Darwin’s rich Indonesian culture will come alive this Saturday at Pesona Indonesia.

Renowned demographer Mark McCrindle to attend Population Series Summit

A summit to conclude the Northern Territory Population Series will take place at Darwin Convention Centre on Tuesday 2 August 2016.

Dundee Beach boat ramp construction works

Works to upgrade the Dundee Beach boat ramp are now underway.

NT’s first Public Guardian named

The new Guardianship of Adults Act commences today with the appointment of the inaugural Public Guardian who will head up a new independent statutory office.

Circus Oz returns to the Araluen stage

After a three year hiatus, the sensational Circus Oz is returning to Alice Springs to present their brand new show TWENTYSIXTEEN at the Araluen Arts Centre on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August.

Stronger NT biosecurity the goal of Timor-Leste trip

Two staff from the NT Government Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries’ Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory recently returned from a trip to Timor-Leste, where they investigated the possibility of establishing a herd of cattle to act as sentinels for the presence of bluetongue virus.

New high-tech tourism attraction opens in Darwin

The Bombing of Darwin Harbour will be brought to life by a new multi-million dollar tourism attraction which opens at Stokes Hill Wharf tomorrow.

***MEDIA ALERT*** New Bombing of Darwin Harbour & Royal Flying Doctor Service Experience

A reminder that local media are invited to preview the new Bombing of Darwin Harbour and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Experience at Stokes Hill Wharf tomorrow.

Iconic Kidman Springs Research Station mustering to celebrate 50 years

An iconic Territory research facility is inviting past and present stakeholders to help it mark half a century of achievement.