The Department of Housing and Community Development was established by the Northern Territory Government on 12 September, 2016, from the former Department of Housing and the Department of Local Government and Community Services.
The government formed the department to bring together many of the key functions that provide services in affordable and accessible housing, local government and community development across the Northern Territory (NT).
The department has one minister, one CEO and operates in various locations in the NT.
The department is responsible for the administration and management of the following -Legislation:
Community Housing Providers (National Uniform Legislation) Act
Crown Lands Act (section 79)
Jabiru Town Development Act
Local Government Act (except Chapter 8)
Local Government Grants Commission Act
Local Government (Katherine Rates) Act
Northern Territory Rates Act
Status of Darwin Act
Status of Palmerston Act.
The department also provides initial assistance with the interpretation of legislation relating to these Acts.
Policy helps to guide the department’s decisions to ensure that eligible NT residents have access to affordable and accessible housing appropriate to their needs and have their voice heard through representation at the local level.
In the development of new policy, the department carefully researches its options and considers the views of the public, community leaders, interested groups and the government.
The department works with Australian, state and territory governments, national working groups and peak bodies.
This ensures Northern Territory housing and local government policy aligns with national policy and initiatives while supporting vulnerable Territorians with the greatest need, as well as strengthening and enhancing their voice locally.