Barkly Regional Deal


Interim Barkly Governance Table Communiqués


  • 25 August 2020 PDF: 853 KB ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
    The Table reviewed implementation progress across the Deal's 28 initiatives and considered a suitable ongoing governance model.
  • 21 November 2019 PDF: 223 KB ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
    The Table held an out of session meeting to consider the site for the Youth Justice Facility.
  • 19 September 2019 PDF: 219 KB ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
    The Table commenced implementation planning for the Barkly Regional Deal.
  • 19 February 2019 PDF: 115 KB ReadSpeaker
    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 ReadSpeaker
  • Community priorities and aspirations December 2018 PDF: 521 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Consultation report December 2018 PDF: 148 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Consultation report October 2018 PDF: 159 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Community priorities and aspirations October 2018 PDF: 82 KB ReadSpeaker

The Barkly Regional Deal is the first regional deal in Australia—a 10 year $78.4 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 $78.4 million and includes:

  • $45.4 million from the Australian Government
  • $30 million from the Northern Territory Government
  • $3 million from the Barkly Regional Council.

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

 venn diagram showing the key themes of social; economic; cultural and placemaking

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.