How to lodge a submission
Anyone can make a submission with comments or recommendations about electoral representation in council areas. There are 2 public consultation rounds built into the timetable for the reviews.
All 17 councils in the Northern Territory will be contacted and encouraged to make submissions. Individual council members, and prospective candidates, can make their own submissions separate to the council’s submission.
Other stakeholders will be added to a mailing list and contacted directly and encouraged to make submissions. These include:
- Aboriginal corporations
- Aboriginal housing and town camp associations
- Aboriginal land councils
- Aboriginal resource associations
- Business associations
- Chambers of commerce
- Peak associations
- Rate payers and residents groups
- Relevant community groups
Individuals are also encouraged to make submissions. Instructions on how to lodge a submission are provided below. You can also join the mailing list by providing your email contact here.
Making a submission
There are several ways that councils, individual council members, other stakeholders and the public can make a submission:
Online submission form
- Use one form per council area, if you are commenting on 2 or more council areas, please use a separate form for each.
- You can add attachments if you want to include proposed maps or other documents.
Click on the following link to complete the online form:
You can make a submission by email, with attachments if necessary. Send your email to secretariat.NTEC@nt.gov.au
You can hand deliver your submission via the NTEC’s front counter addressed to:
Local Government Representation Committee
Level 3, TCG Centre | 80 Mitchell Street | Darwin
You can mail your submission to:
Local Government Representation Committee
GPO Box 2419 | DARWIN NT 0801
Submissions must include your full name and address, and contact details by phone and or email in case the committee wants to discuss your submission further.
All submissions will be published on the representation review website, and included in a summary of submissions received in the proposed and final reports. Names and localities will be included, but no others details will be published.
Making an informed submission
To assist stakeholders and the public in developing their submissions, the following information is available below or as an appendix to the information guide:
- Current electoral structures for each council area and ward
- Current enrolment numbers for each council area and ward
- Enrolment numbers for each council area and ward (also available at Appendix A of the information guide)
- Current population numbers for each council area and ward
- ABS population data for each council area and ward (also available at Appendix A of the information guide)
- Information about the advantages and disadvantages of having a ward structure in a council area
- Information about previous changes implemented (or recommended but not implemented) during past representation reviews
- The committee has identified areas of focus for the 2022 representation reviews which are summarised in the table below. However, submissions are invited on any matters concerning representation and ward structures, not just the issues listed below.
|Local government area||Areas of focus|
|Alice Springs Town Council||Possible introduction of wards|
|Barkly Regional Council||No identified areas of focus|
|Belyuen Community Government Council||High number of representatives given the small population|
|Central Desert Regional Council||Representation in Akityarre ward - is there too many representatives for the population and number of electors?|
|Coomalie Community Government Council||High number of members given the small population|
|Darwin, City of||No identified areas of focus|
|East Arnhem Regional Council||Progress towards creation of separate Anindilyakwa regional council already started - how will this impact remaining wards?|
|Katherine Town Council||Possible introduction of wards|
|Litchfield Council||No identified areas of focus|
|MacDonnell Regional Council||No identified areas of focus|
|Palmerston, City of||Possible introduction of wards|
|Roper Gulf Regional Council||Jodetluk community is located within boundary of Katherine Town Council but representation is via Roper Gulf Regional Council|
|Tiwi Islands Regional Council||No identified areas of focus|
|Victoria Daly Regional Council||No identified areas of focus|
|Wagait Shire Council||No identified areas of focus|
|West Arnhem Regional Council||No identified areas of focus|
|West Daly Regional Council|
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