Closing the Gap - Northern Territory - field operations

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; Department of the Treasury

Key Elements

The Australian Government will provide $84.1 million over three years to support Government Business Managers in 50 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. This is in addition to the 15 Government Business Managers funded through the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership. Through engagement with communities and facilitating whole of government activities, the Government Business Managers support the Government’s Closing the Gap strategy.

As part of its commitment to increase engagement with Indigenous people, the measure will also provide funding for cultural competency training of government employees working with communities and funds to further develop and strengthen Indigenous interpreter services.


The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Review found that Government Business Managers were critical to effective whole-of-government coordination of community level and ongoing engagement with communities.

Government Business Managers in the Northern Territory were first introduced in 2007 as part of the NTER.


This measure is funded for three years until June 2012. It will be supplemented with funding through the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership.

Total Government Funding

$84.1 million over three years.


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