Ngukurr is located about 330 kilometres south-east of Katherine along the Roper Highway, 100 kilometres inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria and on the northern bank of the Roper River in south east Arnhem Land.

It has a population of 1,324 residents.

2017 jobs profile


Key highlights

The 2017 profile highlights:

  • there were 200 filled jobs, of which:
    • 140 jobs (70%) were filled by Aboriginal peoples, a decrease of 10 jobs from 2014
    • 60 jobs (30%) were filled by non-Aboriginal peoples, a decrease of three jobs from 2014
    • 42% of employed Aboriginal peoples are working in the public sector
    • Aboriginal peoples accounted for 70% of job holders in the town, unchanged from 2014
    • Aboriginal females made up 50% of total Aboriginal filled jobs in the town compared to 53% in 2014
  • there were 26 vacant jobs, of which:
    • job vacancies as a percentage of jobs increased to 12% in 2017 from 10% in 2014
    • job vacancies equate to one in nine jobs
    • 14 of the vacancies were in the clerical and administrative workers and professional areas.
  • Public administration and safety industry continues to be the largest industry employer over the three survey periods.
  • Education and training were the second highest industry employer in 2017, despite a decrease of 14 filled jobs between 2017 and 2014.
  • Training increased between 2016 and 2013, with the highest increase in student numbers in the primary industry training sector.
  • Community services, health and education had the highest student numbers in 2016.

Read the full 2017 job profile report for Ngukurr.

Ngukurr job profile PDF (2.0 MB)
Ngukurr job profile. DOCX (1.0 MB)

Past job profiles


Workforce planning

The community workplace planning guide PDF (2.3 MB) consists of tools and resources to assist service providers to overcome workforce challenges in remote Aboriginal communities. Find out more about remote community workforce plans.

The community workplace planning guide can be used with the workforce planning template for Ngukurr DOCX (801.5 KB). This template is populated with data from the 2014 remote town job profiles.

For more information phone 08 8999 7758 or email

Last updated: 07 November 2018

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