Government staff secondments

The NGO secondment program provides secondment opportunities for Northern Territory (NT) Government staff.

In a secondment, an employee is temporarily transferred from one organisation to another for an agreed period.

By taking placements in a new agency or sector, employees develop personally and professionally while the NT Government benefits from new skills and knowledge.

Secondment program

The program aims to increase the number of NT Government staff undertaking a secondment in the NGO sector.

It also provides certainty about the employee's conditions of employment during secondment and on return to the NT public sector.

Before you take part in the program, you should read the framework.

NT public sector/NGO secondment program framework PDF (269.6 KB)
NT public sector/NGO secondment program framework DOCX (651.9 KB)

There are currently no secondment opportunities available.

Below is a step-by-step guide for how NGO positions are filled:

Step 1. Suitable vacancies in the NGO sector are submitted to social policy coordination in the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet for consideration for the secondment program.

If you're an NGO, submit your vacancy by email to

If you're an NTPS employee interested in a vacancy and a secondment opportunity, you can ask the NGO to submit a job description to the NTPS for consideration.

Step 2. The position is assessed by a panel for inclusion into the secondment program.

Step 3. If approved for the program, the position is advertised on the NT Government internet.

Step 4. Any NT Government employee can apply for the position.

Step 5. The NGO determines and manages the recruitment process for the position. Noting that recruitment is not restricted to NT Government staff.

Step 6. NGO appoints to the position.

Step 7. If an NT Government employee is appointed to the position, they must fill in the secondment approval form DOCX (63.1 KB) with their home agency.

Employees in NTGPASS will need to contact the NT Superannuation Office. Find out more on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

Read more about NT Government secondments in the broadening our horizons guide PDF (595.1 KB).

Other secondment arrangements

The NT Government has partnership agreements with Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education. These agreements streamline the processes involved with staff sharing.

If you work for the NT Government and are logged in, read more about secondment arrangements on NTG Central.

To find out more about partnership agreements, go to the Department of Chief Minister and Cabinet website.

Last updated: 11 April 2022

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