About regional councils and local authorities

Regional councils and local authorities give people in regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory (NT) a strong voice in local government.

They are there to listen and work with community residents.

There are nine large regional councils in the NT. Regional councils deliver local government services to most remote communities. 

Within these regional councils, there are 63 local authorities in remote communities in the NT. Regional councils operate local authorities to learn about what their communities need and want.

Find your regional council or local authority.

What regional councils do

Regional councils deliver local government services to most remote communities. Regional councils operate local authorities to learn about what their communities need and want.

What local authorities do

Local authorities work with the community to find solutions to local issues. 

They are involved in planning, give feedback on service delivery and identify priority community projects. Regional councils help plan and deliver local projects that have been identified as priorities by each local authority.

This gives community members more control over the services which affect them.

Read more information in the Local Authorities factsheet (212.7 kb).

How to have your say on community issues

You can speak to your local authority or inquire about getting involved with your local authority by contacting your regional council.

Engaging with local authorities

Local authorities are the preferred consultation body of the government in remote communities.  

The Northern Territory government wants to improve how it engages with local authorities and regional councils.

This means ensuring that public servants who visit remote communities plan their visits better and communicate more effectively. It also means improving the information provided to local authorities and their communities about NT government services. 

For guidance and policies on engaging or consulting with a local authority, go to Department of Local Government and Community Services website.

Videos about local authorities

To find out more about local authorities you can watch the below videos below featuring football champion Daniel Motlop.

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following videos may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

Local authorities and regional councils

Local authorities and local voices

Local authorities funding

Downloadable videos and transcripts

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Video 1 - Local Authorities and Regional Councils (6.2 mb) Transcript (42.1 kb)
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Video 2 - Local Authorities and local voices (6.7 mb) Transcript (42.4 kb)
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Video 3 - Local authorities funding (6.5 mb) Transcript (42.5 kb)
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Last updated: 01 August 2017