NT Government / NGO Partnership Group

The Northern Territory (NT) Government and the NGO Partnership Group (NNPG) provides leadership to support the relationship between government and the NGO community services sector.

NNPG members

Government membersNGO members
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet (co-chair) Northern Territory Council of Social Services (co-chair)
Department of Health Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory
Department of Territory Families, Housing and CommunitiesNational Disability Services
Department of Education Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
Department of Attorney-General and JusticeAboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
Department of Industry, Tourism and TradeNT Shelter
 Tangentyere Council
 Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
 Anglicare NT
 North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

What the NNPG does

The NNPG is an experienced group of decision makers from the NGO sector and the NT Government.

Specifically, the group does the following:

  • manages the relationship between the NT Government and the NGO sector
  • builds working relationships to help the NT Government carry out its social reform agenda
  • shares, develops and uses best practice for government and sector engagement.

The statement of principles guides all activities undertaken and advice provided by the NNPG.

Read more about the guidelines and principles.

NNPG goals

The goals of the NNPG are to:

  • improve partnerships between the NT Government and the NGO sector to support the government's social reforms including:
    • early childhood development
    • child and youth health and wellbeing
    • youth justice and child protection
    • housing and homelessness
    • alcohol policy
    • family violence
    • community safety
  • influence and add value to whole-of-government and NGO activities to carry out these reforms
  • support engagement between NTG agencies and the NGO sector at a senior level
  • identify emerging issues and opportunities for both the NT Government and the NGO sector.

How NNPG members are chosen

A number of identified NT Government agencies and NGOs are invited to be on the NNPG on a permanent basis.

Others can be invited for a fixed term depending on work requirements.

Core membership of the NNPG will be reviewed every three years.

The NNPG may create working groups as required to take a targeted approach to specific projects or activities.

Relevant stakeholders may be enlisted to assist a working group.

Individual representatives of NT Government agencies and NGOs on the NNPG must be at director level or above.

A representative for a member attending a meeting will have the same authority to contribute to discussions and make decisions.

NNPG meetings

Meetings are co-chaired between the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, and an NGO sector member.

NNPG meetings are held around every six weeks, with more frequent meetings arranged if needed.

The NNPG reports through the appropriate governance structure within the NT Government and informs the Chief Minister's meetings with the sector.


NNPG secretariat
Social Policy Partnerships
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Phone: 08 8999 5355

Last updated: 15 October 2020

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