Municipal and Essential Services Implementation Plan under Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory is the Australian Government’s $3.4 billion commitment to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to work in partnership with them over the next 10 years to drive positive change.

The National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory  gives effect to the Australian and Northern Territory Government’s commitment to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. It aims to support Aboriginal people, particularly in remote communities, to live strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy.

Signed by the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the National Partnership Agreement outlines nine supporting Implementation Plans to set out funding and commitments for each of the nine specific schedules.

This Municipal and Essential Services Implementation Plan (Schedule G of the National Partnership Agreement) sets out detailed policy and financial undertakings that ensure municipal and essential services measures in remote Northern Territory communities continue to be provided under Stronger Futures. This Plan commits the Northern Territory Government, through the Commonwealth’s investment of $206.4 million and the Northern Territory Government’s commitment of $40.36 million, to:

  • Provide municipal and essential services in homelands and town camps;
  • Engage with communities on allocation and service delivery issues;
  • Increase Aboriginal employment; and
  • Contribute to the sustainability of Aboriginal enterprises.

This Implementation Plan also commits the Northern Territory Government to take fiscal responsibility for the delivery of municipal and essential services in town camps, as follows: Alice Springs and Darwin town camps from 1 July 2012; and all remaining town camps from 1 July 2013.

The signed Municipal and Essential Services Implementation Plan PDF [5.49 MB] is posted on the Federal Financial Relations website at as a commitment to accountability on the part of both governments.

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