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Darwin city deal

The Darwin City Deal is a ten year plan to position Darwin as a vibrant and liveable tropical capital city, supported by a growing population and diverse economy. The Australian and Northern Territory Governments, together with the City of Darwin, are partnering to support catalyst projects to revitalise Darwin's city centre, as well as the planning and collaboration needed to support Darwin's future growth. This will help to unlock investment in Darwin, grow its population, boost the visitor economy and support greater business activity.

Key initiatives

The Darwin City Deal will deliver:

  • A new Education and Civic Precinct, including a new Charles Darwin University city campus, to transform the city centre, attract more international students to Darwin, boost retail activity and increase vibrancy in the CBD.
  • A redeveloped and greener State Square to cool the city, making it more liveable and increasing space for outdoor events and festivals, ensuring Darwin is a vibrant tropical capital.
  • Innovations to cool and green the city, along with promoting climate-appropriate design, to help change the face of Darwin, transforming it into a best-practice example of tropical urban living.
  • Support for the Larrakia people as the traditional owners of Darwin.
  • Activation of Darwin's harbour foreshore unlocking the potential of dormant sites in Darwin, such as the Stokes Hill "Tank Farm", to better activate the harbour foreshore.

Next steps

City Deal partners are continuing to deliver on commitments under the Darwin City Deal. The Implementation Plan, released on 13 November 2019, sets out key milestones for projects, timeframes and who will be responsible.

On 25 January 2021, the 2020 Annual Progress Report was jointly launched by the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, along with the Minister for Infrastructure for the Northern Territory, the Hon Eva Lawler, on behalf of the Chief Minster for the Northern Territory, the Hon Michael Gunner, and the Mayor of the City of Darwin the Hon Kon Vatskalis. The Annual Progress Report highlights the progress that has been made on the City Deal over the previous year, including:

  • Construction has commenced on the Charles Darwin University Education and Community Precinct, with excavation work starting in October 2020. Construction is expected to be completed by 2024.
  • Stage 1 of the Civic and State Square Masterplan has commenced with the State Square multi-level carpark opening in January 2020 and the demolition of the Chan Building completed in late 2020; and
  • The greening and cooling of Darwin has progressed and heat mitigation initiatives to help reduce surface and localised temperatures are being trialled. The CSIRO’s Darwin Living Lab is continuing its work to inform the development of heat mitigation work in Darwin.


  • Darwin City Deal signed
    16 November 2018
  • Implementation Plan released
    13 November 2019
  • Annual Progress Report
    9 July 2020
  • Annual Progress Report
    25 January 2021
  • Annual Progress Report
    7 April 2022
  • End of 10 years of Darwin City Deal