The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development is an important agency within the Northern Territory Government, which is the largest employer in the Northern Territory (NT). It provides career opportunities and flexible contracts to suit a range of employee needs.

Working with the Northern Territory Government has many benefits, including access to flexible working hours, salary packaging and attractive leave entitlements.

The department is committed to the professional development of employees.

Building the capability of our workforce is central to successfully delivering our services and meeting our agency objectives.

Work conditions

The department offers the following to employees:

  • competitive salaries and superannuation
  • annual and sick leave - six weeks paid annual leave is accrued per year
  • long service leave - after 10 years' continuous service you get three months leave on full pay
  • paid maternity and parental leave
  • miscellaneous leave - you can apply for a range of leave including compassionate leave - in the event of death or serious illness, defence force leave, emergency and jury service leave
  • Northern Territory Allowance (NTA) - an allowance payable if you have dependents
  • induction including cultural awareness training
  • flexible working hours and WorkLife Balance Initiatives
  • employee assistance program - free, confidential and professional external counselling
  • learning and development opportunities
  • study assistance for approved employees.

Current opportunities

Go to the NTG Jobs website for employment opportunities.

Employment pathways

The department offers Northern Territory public sector employment programs for a range of people.

Traineeships and Aboriginal Traineeships

The department has several apprentice positions throughout the NT. Apprentices study for a Certificate II or III in Business Administration and receive structured employment and training.

Read about the apprenticeship and traineeship program on the Careers NT in Government website.

School-based apprentices and trainees

The department hosts school-based apprentices. Apprentices study for a Certificate II in Business Administration. You attend the workplace two days a week and your high school three days a week. You receive structured employment and training.

Read about the school-based apprenticeship and traineeship program on the NT Careers in Government website.

Graduate development program

The program is designed to develop new generations of employees whose ideas, ambitions and leadership potential will help shape the future of the Northern Territory Government. The department currently has one full-time graduate and is looking to employ further graduates in engineering, commerce, social work, law and accounting.

Read about the graduate development program on the NT Careers in Government website.

Aboriginal Employment Program

The Aboriginal Employment Program is a pre-employment program specifically designed to attract Aboriginal job seekers, which may be candidates who wish enter or return to the workforce, or be individuals seeking the opportunity to enter into the Northern Territory Government (NTG).

Read about the Aboriginal Employment Program program on the Careers NT in Government website.

Entry Level

The Entry Level Recruitment (ELR) service aims to simplify the process for entering the Northern Territory Public Sector Government (NTG) for base grade administrative jobs.

Register for ELR online now using the NTG Employment Opportunities Online.

Vacation employment for university students

The program provides students undertaking their first full-time degree at a recognised Australian university with valuable learning opportunities and paid workplace experience in the NTPS.

You receive paid short-term employment in the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development starting at the AO1 level.

Read about vacation employment for university students on the NT Careers in Government website.

Last updated: 01 February 2019