NT Government / NGO Partnership Group

The Northern Territory (NT) Government / NGO Partnership Group (NNPG) aims to provide leadership across government to assist the relationship between the NT Government and the NGO community services sector.

NNPG members

Government members NGO members
Department of the Chief Minister (Co-chair) Northern Territory Council of Social Services (Co-chair)
Department of Housing Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory
Department of Health Tangentyere Council
Department of Correctional Services Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
Department of Children and Families Anglicare NT         
Department of Local Government and Community Services NT Shelter
Department of Education National Disability Services
 Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT

What the NNPG does

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

Specifically the group will do the following:

  • coordinate NT Government activity in relation to NGO and NT Government system reform
  • provide a mechanism of engagement between the NGO sector and the NT Government
  • build good working relationships between the sector and government
  • assist all stakeholders to build their capacity.

The Statement of Principles guides all activities undertaken and advice provided by the NNPG.

Go to guidelines and principles page to read the statement of principles. 

NNPG goals

The goals of the NNPG are to:

  1. Progress the relationship of NT Government agencies with the NGO sector.
  2. Identify issues and opportunities for the NT Government and NGO sector.
  3. Identify the priority areas or issues for action for both the NT Government and NGO sector and where they may be best addressed within government and the sector.
  4. Monitor and review whole-of-government  and individual agency activities in relation to reform.
  5. Coordinate engagement by NT Government agencies with the sector at a senior level.

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 gencies 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 a NGO sector member.

NNPG meetings are held around every two months, with more frequent meetings if required.

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


NNPG Secretariat
Social Policy Partnerships
Department of the Chief Minister
(08) 8999 5355

Last updated: 20 June 2018