Northern Territory (NT)

The Northern Territory covers about one sixth of the Australian continent with an area of 1.35 million km2 which is equal to the combined areas of France, Spain and Italy. About four- fifths of the Territory (1.09 million km2) lies within the tropics and the 6200 km coastline is generally flat and backed by swamps, mangroves and mudflats, rising to a plateau no higher than 450 m. In central Australia, the Territory is crossed by the east-west ridges of the Macdonnell Ranges, which reach heights of more than 600 m. The well-known monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock), 348 m high, is near the south-west corner of the Territory. The northern quarter, known colloquially as the “Top End”, is a distinct region of savannah woodlands and pockets of rainforest. In the north-east, the Arnhem Land plateau rises abruptly from the plain and continues to the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Much of the southern three-quarters of the Territory consists of desert or semi-arid plain.


Darwin, the capital is situated in the north-western corner of the Territory and is a modern, cosmopolitan and tropical city with a vibrant multicultural population and long-standing cultural and trading links in the Asia Pacific region.With a population of over 110 234 people Darwin is built on a low-lying peninsula located on a working harbour that’s twice the size of Sydney Harbour. The suburbs are lined with tropical palms with a mixture of low set southern Australian style houses and traditional elevated Darwin housing which are built to benefit from the tropical breezes, with lush gardens of palms, bougainvillea, frangipani, orchids and other species. Wide streets, shady parks, a pedestrian mall, superb ethnic restaurants and contemporary and outback style pubs and clubs have all contributed to an upsurge in the popularity of Darwin city living. Mitchell Street is the main entertainment street, with the Darwin Waterfront Precinct offering a more family style entertaining area with cafes, retail stores and wave pool. Darwin has a more stress free environment than in other cities. There’s less traffic, less population and rarely any queues: a city with a holiday feel all year round.

NT - Skilled Nominated and Regional Visa Programmes

With invitation rounds for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) currently at a level which many applicants are struggling to achieve, applying for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489) has become increasingly popular for applicants migrating to Australia. Applicants selecting these visa options are not subject to invitation rounds and can be considered for nomination with a points total of 65 (including nomination points) and will receive priority processing with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Applicants will also need to be nominated if their occupation only features on the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL).

Australia's Northern Territory (NT) government can nominate highly skilled professionals and trades persons. You will need to have skills and experience that match the needs of NT employers which are in demand in the NT. Please note that it is unlikely that the Northern Territory will nominate you if you have close family ties established in other Australian States or the ACT.

Nomination by the Northern Territory will provide:

•    Priority processing of your visa with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
•    An additional 5 points for a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
•    An additional 10 points for a Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)
•    An opportunity to seek work with an employer of your choice

Skilled Nominated - subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated (190) visa is a permanent visa that allows you to live anywhere in the Northern Territory. Please note, however, that generally only applicants who are able to demonstrate strong current residential, family and employment ties with the Northern Territory will be considered for a subclass 190 permanent residence visa.

Skilled Regional - subclass 489

The Northern Territory also nominates applicants under the Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489) which is a provisional visa that allows you to live and work anywhere in the Northern Territory. This visa provides a pathway to permanent residence (subclass 887) providing you have lived in the Northern Territory for 2 years and worked for 1 year in the NT.

Northern Territory Migration Occupations List

The Northern Territory will consider your application for nomination if one of the following applies:

  1. Your skilled occupation is on the NT Migration Occupation List
  2. Your nominated occupation is on the Australian governments current list of eligible occupations and through your research you are able to evidence good employment prospects and well established family connections.


Northern Territory key selection criteria

Places for nomination by the Northern Territory are in great demand and applicants who can demonstrate that they are committed to living and working in the Northern Territory, who are highly employable, have strong family ties and who are well researched will stand the best chance of being selected. When the programme is filled, applications for nomination will no longer be accepted in the programme year which usually runs from 01 July until 30 June.

To be selected for nomination by the Northern Territory you must:

  • Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation
  • Have a minimum of 12 months out of the last 24 months relevant work experience
  • Have Competent English (unless otherwise specified)
  • Have an occupation on the Northern Territory or DHA Skilled Occupation List
  • Have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority
  • Have at least 65 points on the DHA points test
  • Demonstrate you meet both NT and DHA visa eligibility requirements
  • Have a commitment to living and working in the NT for a minimum of 2 years
  • Demonstrate that you have done detailed research and are highly employable
  • Have the financial capacity to settle in the NT

A$15,000 on offer for families to move to the NT from Interstate

The Northern Territory wants more people to come and live in the Northern Territory and is offering cash incentives to families, couples and individuals to work in "high priority jobs". From November 2018, people who migrate to the Northern Territory from interstate and enter High Priority occupations listed on the Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List will be eligible for these incentives.

This announcement is part of the Northern Territory Population Growth Strategy 2018-2028, where the government hopes to add 21,000 new jobs and $10.4 billion to the Northern Territories economy in the next decade. The incentives include relocation costs, one-off local spending benefit and retention bonus and will be made available to individuals, couples and families willing to move to NT.

Singles will receive $3000, couples will receive $6000 and families will receive $7000 as a relocation bonus. The one-off local spending benefit of $1250 will be offered after six months of living in the NT which may be used towards costs incurred within the Territory, including vehicle registration, child care and eating out. After five years in the Territory, families will receive another $7000 retention bonus, Singles and couples will receive $3000 and $6000 respectively.

Over 53 occupations have been listed as high priority occupations and it includes accountants, hotel managers, software engineers and mechanical engineers.

What to do next

If you are interested in moving to the Northern Territory, please contact your nearest Concept Australia office for advice and assistance:

London Office - 20 minutes from London Bridge

Chislehurst Business Centre
1 Bromley Lane

Telephone: 020 8468 1076 or email:

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 -17:30
Saturdays from 09:30 - 12.00 

Manchester Office

2nd Floor
Albion Wharf
19 Albion Street
M1 5LN

Telephone: 0161 669 5836 or email:

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00


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