Local government in the NT receives a significant amount of money through the NT and Australian Governments through grants. Funding from grants can be tied, that is identified for a specific purpose, or untied meaning that expending the funds is at the council’s discretion.

Financial Assistance Grants

Under the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 the Australian Government provides Financial Assistance Grants to local government.

Financial Assistance Grants consist of two components:

  • a general purpose component which is distributed between the States and Territories according to population (ie on a per capita basis)
  • an identified local road component which is distributed between the States and Territories according to fixed historical shares.

Both components of the grants are untied in the hands of local government, allowing councils to spend the grants according to local priorities.

Further information regarding the Financial Assistance Grants can be found at:

Roads to Recovery

The Roads to Recovery program is part of the Australian Government’s Nation Building Program which assists national, regional economic and social development by the provision of funding aimed at improving road infrastructure.

Roads to Recovery operates uniformly across Australia. Under current arrangements, each council is guaranteed a share of the total available funding paid directly from the Australian Government to each council under simple administrative procedures whereby spending decisions are made locally and reported to the government.

In excess of $28 million has been devolved to Northern Territory roads via councils through the Roads to Recovery Program.

More information on the local government road network can be found at:

Further information about the Roads to Recovery Program can be found at: