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Barkly regional deal

The Barkly Regional Deal is the first regional deal in Australia—a 10 year $84.7 million commitment between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and Barkly Regional Council.

The Barkly Regional Deal was signed by the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the Barkly Regional Council on 13 April 2019 in Tennant Creek following a six month consultation process.


The Barkly Regional Deal aims to improve the productivity and liveability of the Barkly region by stimulating economic growth and improving social outcomes, including reducing overcrowding and improving child safety.

The total value of the Deal is $84.7 million and includes:

  • $51.7 million from the Australian Government
  • $30 million from the Northern Territory Government
  • $3 million from the Barkly Regional Council.

In 2022, the Australian Government will provide an additional $6.3 million to support the construction of a purpose-built boarding facility in Tennant Creek to provide accessible housing for secondary school children. This increases the Australian Government’s commitment to the Deal from $45.4 to $51.7 million and increases the total value of the Deal from $78.4 million to $84.7 million.

Key components of the Deal include:

  • 28 economic, social and cultural initiatives to be implemented across the Barkly region, the majority of this new investment will be expended over the first three years
  • 10 year timeframe—until 2029
  • Community governance framework to drive the implementation of the Barkly Regional Deal, including a Governance Table.

Key themes

Statement of Intent

On 10 December 2018, the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the Barkly Regional Council, signed the Barkly Regional Deal ‘Statement of Intent’, and made an initial joint commitment of $60 million to support the deal to address local priorities.

Community governance

The Barkly Governance Table will oversee the implementation of the Barkly Regional Deal and advance other economic and social development priorities in the region over the next 10 years. Funding committed under the Barkly Regional Deal will be used to establish a ‘backbone team’ to provide secretariat, advisory and support services to the Governance Table.

Membership of the interim Governance Table includes the three levels of government, Aboriginal leaders, local business leaders, non-government organisations, young people and other community stakeholders.


Barkly Governance Table Communiqués

  • 22 February 2022 PDF: 726 KB
    The Table welcomed Sean Gordon as the Independent Chair for the Table, Emma Bradbury from Barkly Regional Council, Georgina Bracken from the Community Network, and Corey McDowell and Valerie Swan from the Barkly Regional Alliance. The Table endorsed the visions and principles of the Deal, and identified a need for a Strategic Plan to guide long-term community governance. The Table also agreed to the proposed approach and work plan for the Regional Workforce Strategy.
  • 26 October 2021 PDF: 808 KB
    There was agreement to develop a Charter explaining the Table’s roles and responsibilities, and to reflect discussions on the Deal’s Vision Statement, Shared Purpose and Principles of Working Together. The Table also agreed to develop a set of communication tools, to address the need for strong communication around the Deal’s collective impact and progress of the 28 initiatives.
  • 7 September 2021 PDF: 555 KB
    The Table welcomed the Barkly Aboriginal Alliance, making this the first meeting of the permanent Barkly Regional Deal Governance Table. The Alliance is a representative voice for Aboriginal communities outside of Tennant Creek. Meeting attendees spent the day workshopping ongoing governance of the Deal with a focus on the importance of collaboration, relationship-building, and developing a shared vision. 

Interim Barkly Governance Table Communiqués

  • 13 July 2021 PDF: 1756 KB
    Table members discussed transition to the Ongoing Governance Table and the establishment of the Barkly Aboriginal Alliance, noting that the Alliance requires ongoing budgeting and secretariat arrangements. They also noted the importance of progressing two key communications pieces; first, the story of the Deal, particularly the consultation and selection process that led to the 28 initiatives; and second, information and good news stories.
  • 27 April 2021 PDF: 1831 KB
    The Table members noted the progress across the 28 initiatives and discussed the need to improve the profile and communication around the Deal. Table members thanked Tim Candler for his work establishing the Backbone team, welcomed Ben Campion as new Executive Officer, and Kevin Banbury for his work as co-chair of the Youth Justice Facility Working Group. Also welcome John Fitz and Clair Keen as the two new NGO reps. Sharen Lake will move to represent the Barkly Regional Council.
  • 23 February 2021 PDF: 375 KB
    The Table noted good implementation progress and discussed opportunities for funding received from the Northern Territory Indigenous Economic Stimulus Package. The table welcomed new member Joe Martin-Jard from Central Land Council (CLC).
  • 27 October 2020 PDF: 643 KB
    The Table discussed how to achieve interim regional representation in its membership while progressing development of the regional alliance model. Mick Gooda (former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner) also attended as a special guest.
  • 25 August 2020 PDF: 467 KB
    A key focus of the Table's discussions was how the Deal is being delivered, in particular, ensuring that governments and community are working together in line with the values and objectives of the Deal.
  • 30 June 2020 PDF: 781 KB
    The Table met for the first time in person after local COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. The meeting focused on continuing to integrate coordination of regional economic recovery efforts and accelerating delivery of several Deal’s initiatives, including the Barkly local community projects fund.
  • 28 April 2020 PDF: 211 KB
    The Table met via Zoom to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on implementation of the Deal and discussed opportunities to accelerate projects to support economic recovery in the region.
  • 25-26 February 2020 PDF: 522 KB
    The Table reviewed implementation progress across the Deal's 28 initiatives and considered a suitable ongoing governance model.
  • 21 November 2019 PDF: 223 KB
    Following the completion of normal business, the Table was joined by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and the Barkly Regional Council Mayor.
  • 4 November 2019 PDF: 327 KB
    The Table held an out of session meeting to consider the site for the Youth Justice Facility.
  • 19 September 2019 PDF: 219 KB
    The Table was updated on implementation progress, the establishment of working groups and discussed delivery arrangements for a number of Deal initiatives.
  • 22 August 2019 PDF: 98 KB
    The Table reviewed implementation progress and refined working arrangements to ensure genuine community engagement and continued momentum into the implementation phase of the Barkly Regional Deal.
  • 9 May 2019 PDF: 193 KB
    The Table commenced implementation planning for the Barkly Regional Deal.
  • 19 February 2019 PDF: 115 KB
    The Table provided advice on the proposed initiatives for the Barkly Regional Deal.

Deal development documents

  • Statement of Intent 10 December 2018 PDF: 1008 KB
  • Community priorities and aspirations December 2018 PDF: 521 KB
  • Consultation report December 2018 PDF: 148 KB
  • Consultation report October 2018 PDF: 159 KB
  • Community priorities and aspirations October 2018 PDF: 82 KB