Welcome to the Territory incentive

The ‘Welcome to the Territory’ incentive is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government, to boost and retain the Territory’s population by attracting interstate workers in priority occupations.

$17 million over seven years has been committed to attract around 2600 people to the Territory from interstate and retain them for at least five years.

Who is eligible for the incentives?

To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. 

Population cohorts targeted are early career females (aged 20 to 39 years) and late career workers (aged 55 to 65 years) in High Priority Occupations as defined on the NT Skilled Occupation Priority List.

To be eligible, applicants must secure a job in the Territory for a minimum of 12 months and not have lived in the Territory during the two years preceding the date of application.

Jobs with the Northern Territory Public Sector and self-employed and entrepreneurs starting a new business are not eligible for the program.

What incentives are available?

The incentive incorporates:

  • New Territorian Relocation Bonus (up to $7000)
  • Local Spending Benefit (up to $1250)
  • 5 Year Retention Bonus (up to $7000)

The New Territorian Bonus, paid upon arrival in the Territory, will assist with costs associated with relocation and transition to the Territory.

The Local Spending Benefit will be paid in instalments to be spent here in the Territory on lifestyle experiences including our great cafés and restaurants, tourism adventures or assist with the cost of living, including child care payments or vehicle registration and licencing.

To encourage long term retention, a 5 Year Retention Bonus is available after five years continuous residency. The money must be spent locally for purposes that benefit a long-term resident such as garden supplies, repairs and maintenance, white goods etc.

Payments for the New Territorian and 5 Year Retention Bonus’ will be scaled for Singles ($3000), Couples ($6000) and Families ($7000).

Full program details will be released on 1 October 2018, with applications open from 1 November 2018. 

Any information provided here is general in nature and will be replaced by the Terms and Conditions once they are published in early October.

For further assistance, please email territory.incentives@nt.gov.au or call 1800 193 111.

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