Welcome to the Territory incentives

The ‘Welcome to the Territory’ incentives are an initiative of the Northern Territory Government, to boost and retain the Territory’s population and to help Territory businesses attract workers into hard to fill jobs.

$19 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.

For individuals moving to the Territory, it's an easy five step process:

  1. Apply for, and win a job on the high priority occupations list.
  2. Start your online application for an incentive.
  3. Move to the Territory.
  4. Finalise your application (including update your Medicare and licence details).
  5. Get paid.

For businesses, there is a simple online registration form which provides access to a promotional kit to be used when promoting relevant vacancies.

Who is eligible for the incentives?

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

Incentives are available to early career females (aged 20 to 39 years) and late career workers (aged 55 to 65 years) in high priority occupations.

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 incentives incorporates:

  • New Territorian Relocation Bonus (up to $8000 for a couple with two children)
  • Local Spending Benefit (up to $1250)
  • 5 Year Retention Bonus (up to $8000 for a couple with two children).

The incentives are scaled based on the number of people in your family and are paid in instalments.

 New Territorian Relocation BonusLocal Spending Incentive5 Year Retention BonusTotal
 Paid upon arrival in the Territory, will assist with costs associated with relocation and transition to the Territory.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 this  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. 
WhenFollowing arrival in the TerritorySix months after arrival18 months after arrivalAfter five years in the Territory 
Single$3000$625$625$3000$7250
Couple$5000$625$625$5000$11 250
One child*$1500--$1500$3000
Two children*$3000--$3000$6000

*Note: Child payment applies to each child up to a maximum of two children in addition to the ‘single’ or ‘couple’ bonus.

Apply for an incentive

Congratulations on your decision to move to The Territory. You have decided to be part of a community where ambition and drive live in harmony with lifestyle and the moments that truly matter. 

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and are an early career female (aged 20 to 39 years) or a late career worker (aged 55 to 65 years) you may be eligible to receive an incentive to support your move.

The role you are moving for will need to be on the high priority occupations list and will need to be for at least 12 months.

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

Once you have secured a job, you can start your application before you move and then finalise it once you have moved to the Territory.

Start your online application

What documentation will I need?

In the online application you will be asked for some information about yourself:

PurposeDocuments you can submit
To verify identity, age and Australian citizenship / residencyCertified birth certificate, passport, Australian citizenship certificate or permanent resident evidence, and driver’s licence or other official photographic identity cards, eg, a proof of age or photo ID card
To show residency outside the Northern TerritoryDriver's licence, or other official photographic identity cards, rental agreements, utility bills or other proof of principal place of residency for the two years preceding the application, eg, contract of sale, lease arrangement or rental receipts for your place of residence up to two years old
To show residency in the Northern TerritoryMedicare records showing a Northern Territory address, current Northern Territory driver's licence or other official photographic identity card showing a Northern Territory residential address, rental agreement or utility bill
To show the relationship of the couple and / or childrenMedicare card showing the names of the eligible applicant, spouse and any children relocating to the Territory, or other acceptable evidence
Your job in the TerritoryWritten confirmation on the employer’s letterhead signed by an authorised person confirming the eligible applicant’s employment status
Register your business

Territory businesses can utilise the Welcome to the Territory incentives to attract staff to their hard to fill roles.

You must register your business to participate.

Complete the business registration

Registration is simple to complete and will provide you with access to a promotional toolkit to be used when promoting relevant vacancies.

Incentives are available to early career females (aged 20 to 39 years) and late career workers (aged 55 to 65 years) in high priority occupations.

For an applicant to be eligible, they 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.

Information session

The ‘Welcome to the Territory’ incentives will help Territory businesses to attract and retain workers into hard to fill jobs.

Join an information session to find out about the incentives program and how you can use it when promoting relevant vacancies.

Date: Friday 23 November 2018
Time: 7am to 8:30am
VenueCannons Kitchen, 52 Miles Road, Berrimah
Cost: Free

To find out more and register online go to the Eventbrite website.

Any information provided here is general in nature. Read the full terms and conditions.

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

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