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Prepare. Act. Survive.

Residents in Darwin’s rural area are invited to attend this year’s inaugural Fire Ready Week, to be held at the Bushfires NT headquarters on the corner of Townend Rd and the Stuart Hwy in Acacia Hills from 1-7 March.

Time to learn about ovarian cancer

Each day in Australia, four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with one woman dying every ten hours from the disease. February is ovarian cancer awareness month and now is the time to learn more about risk-reduction, diagnosis, and treatment of the second most common gynaecological cancer.

Training videos promote safe fishing practices in remote communities

A series of videos have been developed as part of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade Fisheries Divisions Aboriginal Fishing Mentor Program to promote safe fishing and processing practices in remote communities.

COVID-19 Case Update

One new positive COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

Charges laid after worker suffers serious electrical shock

NT WorkSafe has charged two New South Wales based companies and a company director for breaching the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the Act).

$160k penalty for Tennant Creek business and director over fire station electrocution

Tennant Creek electrical services company Ridem Pty Ltd (trading as Dexter Barnes Electrical) and company director Russell O’Donnell, have been handed a combined penalty of more than $160,000 after pleading guilty to charges relating to the death of a fourth year apprentice electrician.

NT Partners with University of Florida on Agriculture R&D projects

The Northern Territory Government has partnered with the University of Florida to collaborate on research and development in areas of mutual interest.

Victorian Local Government Areas revoked as COVID-19 Hotspots

The Chief Health Officer will revoke all Victorian Local Government Areas (LGA’s) as COVID-19 hotspots for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory from 6.00pm on 17 February 2021.

Hotspot update

From 8:00am today Melbourne Airport is no longer considered a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory.

Creative Dispensers a Pearler Concept

If you put your hand inside a giant clam at the upcoming Darwin Fringe Festival you won’t get a pearl but you will get a different type of surprise.

NT Tourism Products showcased to Australian and New Zealand travel agents

More than 30 Territory tourism operators will be showcasing their tourism products to Australian domestic and New Zealand based travel agents and wholesalers in an inaugural major virtual event, NT Product Showcase 2021.

Making it Free to be Safe this Valentine’s Day

Territorians are being encouraged to share the love, not sexually transmissible infections (STI) this Valentine’s and National Condom Day with a series of maps identifying where Territorians can access free condoms.

Positive Covid-19 Case Update

One new positive COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

Greater Metropolitan Melbourne Declared Hotspot

The Chief Health Officer has declared Greater Metropolitan Melbourne including Tullamarine Airport as a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 10.45am today, 12 February 2021.

Updated directions: Melbourne COVID-19 Hotspot and Testing

The Chief Health Officer has declared the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport as a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 4.00pm today, 10 February 2021.

Melbourne Suburb declared as COVID-19 hotspot

The Chief Health Officer has declared the Melbourne suburb of Sunbury as a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 9.00am today, 10 February 2021. The three suburbs declared on Monday 8 February of Maidstone, Sunshine and Taylors Lake also remain as declared hotspots.

New Melbourne Suburbs declared hotspots

The Chief Health Officer has declared three suburbs across Metropolitan Melbourne as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 3.30pm today on 8 February 2021 and revoked the 10 suburbs declared hotspots on 4 February 2021.

Parrtjima: it’s a revelation and registrations are OPEN!

Registrations for Parrtjima 2021 are open now and, if you’re keen to see what’s in store at this year’s Festival in Light, check out the online preview on the Parrtjima Australia Facebook page.

Positive Covid-19 Case Update

One new positive COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

Road border checkpoints close

As Australia works to successfully control the spread of COVID-19 across the country, road border control points across the Northern Territory will cease operations immediately. Airport checkpoints will remain in place.

Positive Covid-19 Case Update

Two new positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

Perth, Peel Region and South West of WA hotspots revoked

The Chief Health Officer will revoke Metropolitan Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Region of Western Australia as COVID-19 Hotspots from 7.30pm ACST on 5 February 2021.

Arltunga Historical Reserve Draft Joint Management Plan open for Public Consultation

The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS), with Eastern Arrernte Traditional Owners, are inviting members of the public to have their say on the draft Joint Management Plan for Arltunga Historical Reserve (Arnerre-ntyenge).

*UPDATE* Melbourne suburbs declared as hotspots

The Chief Health Officer has declared 10 suburbs across Metropolitan Melbourne as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 3.30pm on 4 February 2021.

Melbourne suburbs declared as hotspots

The Chief Health Officer has declared 10 suburbs across Metropolitan Melbourne as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 3.30pm on 4 February 2021.

Positive Covid-19 Case Update

One new positive COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

NT Public Libraries - Connected Communities: Review of Activities 2019-20 report released

Following an unprecedented and challenging year, an annual highlights report has been released which showcases the work Northern Territory public libraries have undertaken to support our communities in 2019-20.

Western suburbs of NSW revoked as hotspots

The Chief Health Officer will revoke a number of Local Government Areas across Sydney’s Western Suburbs as hotspots from 10am on 1 February 2021.

Safety alerts issued for the cattle and construction industries

NT WorkSafe has issued two new safety alerts after recent incidents in the cattle industry and the construction industry.

Territory Tourism Voucher Round 3

Territorians can register for the third round of the highly anticipated Territory Tourism Voucher from 8pm tonight.

Perth, Peel Region & South West of WA declared hotspots

The Chief Health Officer will declare Metropolitan Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Region of Western Australia as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 7.30pm on 31 January 2021.

Public consultation for Classification of Wildlife in the NT

The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) is inviting submissions from the public on the Classification of Wildlife in the Northern Territory.

Feel Good February

February is the month to feel good, with Darwin Waterfront partnering with Activate Darwin to encourage our local community to connect & engage with a four-week program of events and activities across Darwin Waterfront and Darwin CBD.

COVID-19 Update – New Zealand

The NT Chief Health Officer is closely monitoring the situation in New Zealand after a woman tested positive for a South African COVID-19 variant after leaving hotel quarantine.

Travel Guides Embark on Red Centre Adventure

The popular Australian travel series, Travel Guides returns in 2021 for an all-Aussie special with an outback adventure through the Red Centre with the guides visiting Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru

COVID-19 Update – New Zealand

The NT Chief Health Officer is closely monitoring the situation in New Zealand after a woman tested positive for a South African COVID-19 variant after leaving hotel quarantine.

Positive Covid-19 Case Update

Two new positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

Independent Commissioner Against Corruption announces retirement

Independent Commissioner Against Corruption for the NT, Ken Fleming QC, has announced he will retire from the role in July 2021, and return to Queensland to be closer to family.

Positive COVID-19 case update

A new positive COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Northern Territory. An 8 year old female who arrived on the repatriation flight from London on 16 January 2021 has tested positive for COVID-19, she is asymptomatic and is under the care of the AUSMAT team at the NT Centre for National Resilience.

Positive Covid-19 Case Update

Two new positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

CHO Direction – International and Domestic Air Travel

The NT Chief Health Officer will introduce new Directions outlining strict health and hygiene practices for international and domestic travel to bolster our defence against COVID-19 in the Northern Territory and across Australia.

Monsoon rains increase the risk of Melioidosis

Recent monsoonal rains in the Top End have increased the threat of the potentially deadly disease, Melioidosis.

BASSINTHEGRASS 2021 sold out!

In an incredible display of support from music fans across the country, BASSINTHEGRASS 2021 has sold out four months before the event!

Positive COVID-19 Case Update

Two people from the international defence cohort have tested positive for COVID-19.

Grab your BASSINTHEGRASS ticket now or miss out!

BASSINTHEGRASS tickets are flying out the door, and Territorians are encouraged to buy theirs now or risk missing the Territory’s biggest music festival – and experiencing serious FOMO.

Positive COVID-19 Case Update

A 59 year old female who arrived on the repatriation flight from India on 8 January 2021 has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The woman is under the care of the AUSMAT team at the NT Centre for National Resilience.

Greater Metropolitan Sydney hotspot update

The Chief Health Officer has revoked Greater Metropolitan Sydney as a hotspot and has declared a number of Local Government Areas across Sydney’s Western Suburbs as hotspots from 11am on 12 January 2021.

Greater Brisbane revoked as a hotspot

The Chief Health Officer will revoke Greater Queensland as a hotspot from 11am on 11 January 2021. People arriving in the Northern Territory from Greater Brisbane will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from Greater Brisbane will be able to exit.

Positive COVID-19 Case Update

A 27 year old female who arrived on the repatriation flight from India on 8 January 2021 has tested positive for COVID-19. The woman is asymptomatic and is under the care of the AUSMAT team at the NT Centre for National Resilience.

Positive COVID-19 Case Update

The UK variant strain of COVID-19 has been detected in a case at the NT Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs.