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The Economy

  • Secured the $34B INPEX Total Ichthys Project, the second biggest commercial investment in Australian history
  • More than 26 000 new jobs have been created reducing the unemployment rate from 7.4% to 4%
  • 24 consecutive months of Australia’s lowest unemployment rate; currently the second lowest unemployment rate in Australia
  • Tax cuts for small to medium businesses – making the Territory the lowest taxing jurisdiction in Australia for small and medium business
  • Tax cuts saving Territory business $365m
  • 26 000 apprenticeships and traineeships commenced since 2002, including 10,000 in the last 4 years, the highest VET participation rate in Australia.
  • Delivered 8 consecutive budget surpluses prior to the GFC.
  • $4.6B infrastructure spending during the GFC to protect Territory jobs and keep businesses open, while building key infrastructure required for growth.
  • The Territory’s population has grown from 198 347 to 229 874 – an increase of 31 527.
  • The Territory economy tipped by Deloitte Access Economics to be the second fastest growing in Australia over the next 5 years at an average of 4.2%.
  • (Sensis) Fastest growing business confidence in Australia, growing 10% in the last quarter.
  • (Sensis) Most supported Government in Australia by small business, due to ‘support for small business’ and ‘infrastructure development’.


  • Opened over 127 extra hospital beds
  • Employed an extra 855 nurses and an extra 294 doctors
  • Delivered the Palmerston Super Clinic
  • Commenced work on the Palmerston Hospital
  • Delivered the Territory’s first cancer care treatment centre at RDH – Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre and a 26 room Barbara James House in Darwin for patients undergoing cancer treatment
  • Opened the first full NT Medical School with the partnership of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University
  • Leading Australia with electronic health initiatives to assist families to make their critical health information available to the health care providers when and where it is needed. Over 50,000 people registered in remote areas.


  • Delivered 465 new teachers
  • $300K Infrastructure Upgrades for all 74 government primary schools
  • Ugrades to all urban middle and secondary schools
  • $30M Infrastructure program for Special Schools
  • Built 9 new schools – this includes Darwin Middle School, Rosebery Primary and Rosebery Middle Schools
  • Built secondary facilities in 7 communities
  • Established primary & middle schools and senior colleges
  • Every Child Every Day- strongest ever attendance strategy

Indigenous Development

  • Partnered with the Commonwealth to invest $1.7B in remote housing delivering new or improved housing for almost 3000 Territory families
  • Established secondary education in remote communities, building secondary facilities in seven communities and graduating over 150 young Territorians
  • 60 extra Police and new Police stations in remote communities
  • Opened new renal dialysis units in Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Palmerston, Santa Teresa, Ramingining, Umbakumba, Galiwinku, Maningrida
  • Embarked on the most ambitious plan anywhere in Australia to bring our parks into joint management with indigenous Territorians, pursuing joint management across 27 additional parks
  • Partnered with the Commonwealth to seal the airstrips at Kintore, Pirlangimpi, Kalkarindji/Dagaragu, Ramingining, Bulman/Weemol, Minyerri, Alpurrurulam, Papunya, Nyrippi, Palumpa, Peppemenarti, Warruwi, Pigeon Hole, Milyakburra, Minjilang and Robinson River
  • More than doubled recurrent spending on indigenous health cutting indigenous infant mortality rate by 37% and improving life expectancy for Aboriginal women by 4 ½ years

The Environment

  • Put in place land clearing controls on freehold lands that were previously unregulated (half the Territory land mass) and significantly reduced land clearing rates – no broad scale clearing
  • Established a comprehensive water planning program to sustainably manage water resources, protect water dependent ecosystems and drive sustainable regional development
  • Established, resourced and expanded the powers of the Territory’s first independent Environment Protection Authority
  • Introduced the ban on plastic bags
  • Endorsed the Darwin Harbour Strategy, a comprehensive guide for the sustainable development of the Darwin Harbour region
  • Introduced Cash for Containers
  • Established Territory Eco-link, which will see more than 2000km of landscape connected from the Top End to the Red Centre

Cost of Living

  • Back to School Payment – now $75 for every NT student (around 47,000)
  • Introduced the only state/territory based child care subsidy saving Territory families more than $20 per child a week
  • Cutting stamp duty by up to $26 730 for first home buyers through a tax free threshold of $540 000
  • Introduced $8500 stamp duty concession for senior Territorians and Pensioner and Carer Concession Card holders
  • Increased the principal place of residence rebate to $3500 for home buyers
  • Assisted over 1400 low and middle income earners purchase their own home in the Territory through HOMESTART NT
  • A Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme giving 21,000 Territorians concessions on electricity, water, sewerage, urban bus travel, spectacles, motor vehicle registration, drivers’ licences, council property rates and garbage rates
  • Generous government subsidies of over $800 a year per household ensuring the Territory has the 2nd lowest electricity prices and the 2nd lowest water prices in Australia

Law and Order

  • Introduced the most comprehensive alcohol reforms in the Territory’s history and the most comprehensive in the nation
  • Delivered an extra 400 Police officers, which does not include another 94 recently funded by the Federal Government
  • The Territory’s first Police Beats (Casuarina, Fannie Bay, Nightcliff, Palmerston, Katherine & Alice)
  • The first-ever roll-out of CCTV cameras (109 in Darwin & 14 in Alice monitored live 24/7)
  • Precinct Banning Notices to combat anti-social behaviour


  • Built the Leanyer and Palmerston water parks, Larrakia Park Soccer Stadium and the Marrara Netball Centre
  • Delivered AFL and NRL premiership matches, Test Match and ODI Cricket, NBL and WNBL matches, Super bikes and V8’s
  • Created Bass in the Grass – the Territory’s premier music festival
  • Built new sporting infrastructure in Palmerston including new soccer, netball, rugby league and AFL facilities
  • Major upgrades of TIO Stadium, Traeger Park, Marrara Cricket Ground, Hidden Valley and Marrara Athletics Stadium
  • Set aside the Finniss River and Bynoe Harbour for anglers and bought back commercial fishing licences and closed the area to barramundi netting
  • Installed the largest artificial reef for anglers at Lee Point – within easy reach of small boat anglers from either Nightcliff or Buffalo Creek ramps
  • Major upgrades of boat ramps, including Palmerston, Buffalo Creek, Darwin Harbour, Saltwater Arm, Corroboree and Adelaide River
  • Built the Defence of Darwin Experience at East Point