Northern Territory Council of Social Service


A directory for the general public and workers to access up-to-date listing of community sector social services available in the Northern Territory.

Region Serviced
Disability Accessible
Interpreter services available
Aboriginal Controlled Organisation
NDIS Registered
Eligibility criteria
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

After-School Care

After-school is available to assist parents of primary school children attending local schools.


Social and recreational activities are provided for infants and preschool children and their parents or carers.

Seniors’ Leather Workshop Group

Aboriginal elders meet to make leather goods.

Sport & Recreation

A sport & recreation program provides a range of activitiesincluding basketball, pool, table tennis and a drop-in centre with internet cafe facilities for children, young people and their families.

Stay Strong Women’s Group

A group focusing on issues of concern for young and adult indigenous women.

Vacation Care

Various holiday programs assist parents by providing recreational activities for primary-school children.

Youth Homelessness Program (Reconnect)

A preventive early intervention program for 12 to 18 year olds and their families where the young person is homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program seeks to improve relationships where the youth is becoming disconnected from their families, school or work and where there is a risk of their leaving home prematurely without family support.

Balunu Foundation

An indigenous owned & operated, not-for-profit registeredcharity working to break the cycle of indigenous disadvantage by targeting young people and reconnecting them to their true identities, dealing with the underlying problems they face and equipping them with the necessary skills to make good choices.


Indigenous Youth Healing Program

An indigenous youth healing program for disadvantaged, at risk adolescents 14 to 17 years old exhibiting anti-socialbehaviours including offending behaviour. Consideration will be given to children 11 to 13 years old in exceptional circumstances.

Eligible participants include those experiencing problemssurrounding their family life, personal abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, drugs, criminal activity, identity issues, poor personal choices or incarceration.

Adolescent Program

A program for adolescents wanting to look at issues relating to their misuse of alcohol and/or other drugs.


Alcohol or Other Drug Support Program

Provides support and assistance primarily for families andindividuals affected by alcohol or other drugs, but is alsosuitable for people experiencing stress related to any lifesituation such as divorce or separation.


Children & Adolescent Support Program

A support program for children and adolescents 5 to 18 years old living in families where there is alcohol and/or other drug misuse.

Age-appropriate groups are provided.


Drum Beat

An innovative program for young people & adults and male & female prisoners that teaches about relationships, team building and communication through drumming.


Managing Your Life Program

Offers separate groups for adult males and females wanting to make changes in their lives relating to their misuse of alcohol and/or other drugs. The Program is also suitable for people experiencing stress related to any life situation such as divorce or separation.

School-Based Program

A program providing up-to-date information for secondary school students about the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. Programs are individually tailored for schools.


Skills for Life

A program for people who have been affected by the drinking problem of a relative or friend.

Multicultural Youth Organisation

A multicultural youth-led organisation that focuses on building the capacity of young Territorians to be active members of their community through networking, leadership development, peer education and the facilitation of social and recreational activities.

MyNT also advocates for the needs and rights of young people. A youth leadership summit is held each year with representatives attending from across the Northern Territory.

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The Balunu Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation focused on the healing of Indigenous youth and people and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory. In particular, Balunu seeks to instil a cultural identity among Indigenous youth at risk through a culturally

appropriate healing program which builds self belief and self esteem whilst assisting Indigenous youth to overcome the wide range of challenges they face as young Indigenous people in today’s society.

Balunu is focused on addressing the social challenges faced by Indigenous people and youth through a healing centred engagement approach. Although the program is Indigenous specific the program has achieved great success with non Indigenous youth who have attended the program.

Through a deliberate and purposeful program Balunu aims to provide hope for Indigenous youth and families by breaking the cycle of disadvantage through good health, education, life skills, opportunity, training, employment and most importantly healing. Identity plays the most crucial factor in strengthening the youth’s sense of self and the healing allows for the individuals to free their pain enough to take advantage of opportunity that exists to move forward in the new world, whilst maintaining a strong connection to culture and identity

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With over 25 years’ experience in the Northern Territory, founded and built on strong values, CatholicCare NT are experts in strengthening and building people and communities to make difficult situations more manageable.

The Youth Mental Health Service provides clinical evidence based counselling to support young people with complex mental health needs who live in the NT.  We also assist families and carers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the challenges their young people are managing.

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With over 25 years’ experience in the Northern Territory, founded and built on strong values, CatholicCare NT are experts in strengthening and building people and communities to make difficult situations more manageable.

The Youth Mental Health Service provides clinical evidence based counselling to support young people with complex mental health needs who live in the NT.  We also assist families and carers to increase their knowledge and understanding of the challenges their young people are managing.

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Saltbush Social Enterprises (Saltbush) is a not-for-profit organisation that was developed in response to the critical need for opportunities that create prosperity parity for marginalised Australians in the Northern Territory (NT).
We put Indigenous people at the centre of our organisation because we know we cannot achieve employment parity until all people have equal employment opportunities. Our motto is a person with a job is a person with a future. We strive to break down barriers that others do not experience by taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach.
All programs and activities we deliver including Supported Bail Accommodation, Employment Services, Saltbush Wellbeing Program, and our Accelerated Aboriginal Chefs of Excellence (AACE) have an underlining focus on helping participants with employment opportunities.
Our strength is our unique mentoring product where our focus is to specialise in empowering Indigenous and other marginalised Territorian jobseekers to develop life skills and basic employability skills moving them along the continuum and then connect them to education and employment for a rewarding, meaningful and sustainable working life.
Saltbush also provide counselling.
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Migration Support Services

As part of the world-wide Red Cross tracing network, Red Cross tracing in the Northern Territory re-establishes contact between relatives separated as a result of war, conflict or international disaster. Various free-of-charge services are offered, including tracing, the Red Cross message service, family reunion, health & welfare reports and related services. Support is provided to people seeking asylum and living in the Northern Territory while they are awaiting determination of a claim for protection.

Emergency relief is available for any migrant experiencing a crisis, in the form of casework, limited financial assistance and in-kind support. Red Cross provides support and assistance to people who have been trafficked, or who have experienced forced marriage, through the Support to Trafficked People Program. Red Cross also conducts monitoring visits to immigration detention centres in Australia and offshore.

Communities for Children Program

Enables the establishment of community committees in both Palmerston and Tiwi Islands. The committees then allocate funding to a number of local programs to support families and children.

Disaster Response

Operation of the National Registration & Inquiry System

(NRIS) allows concerned relatives to track family members who find themselves caught up in disasters. Australian Red Cross also provides assistance for people affected by emergencies and disasters. Trained staff and volunteers identify those who need counselling & support and provide basic necessities, care and comfort.

First Aid Training

Public courses for First Aid training are available in Darwin at two locations, Katherine and Alice Springs. For all bookings please call 1300 367 428.

Opportunity Shops

Provide financial support to the agency through the sale of second-hand clothing, furniture, household goods & bric-a-brac, all at affordable prices.  Please view our website for NT locations.


A telephone support service through which volunteers provide contact with people who are isolated because they are aged, frail or have disabilities or other restrictions. Trained volunteers telephone people in their homes at a pre-arranged time each day to check on their wellbeing. If there is no answer after several attempts, appropriate action is taken.

Remote Holiday Programs

Programs run for school aged children on the Tiwi Islands.

Place Based

Community Development Work in seven locations, with Community Development Officers and Cultural Support Workers assisting the communities to develop solutions and programs that are best for each community. Red Cross is working in Darwin, Galiwinku, Katherine, Daly River, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Tiwi Islands.

Save a Mate Our Way (SAM Our Way)

A Youth focused program with a focus on alcohol and other drugs.

The Shak (Located in Casuarina NT)

A youth centre where compatible programs and organisation can run their activities with youth.

Register of Adult Support Persons (RASP)

A youth justice program of volunteers providing support to young people who are being interviewed by police

Youth Activities

This is on the Tiwi Islands for young people aged from 12 to 25 and include sports on the oval and activities ranging from art and music to film night, barbecues, make-up sessions, games and activities that promote personal development and work readiness.

Kalano Flexible Care

A 16 bed hostel to cater particularly for the Kalano Community in Katherine.

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Life & Career Coaching

Provides programs to assist young people as they explore their career options and pathways. Training for people working in career development is also available. YouthWorX NT facilitates the Coaching Young People for Success Train-the-Trainer Program for youth educators and professionals to enable them to provide life, career and school performance coaching within their own school or organisation.

Skills, Employment & Careers Expo

An annual exhibition provides opportunities for students and members of the community to explore potential career opportunities and pathways. Exhibitions are held in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.

Transition to Work Service

YouthWorX NT is funded by the Australian Government to provide the Transition to Work (TtW) Service in Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston. The service provides vocational guidance and a range of skills and capabilities building activities to young people aged between 15 to 21 years who live in the service areas. It also offers a range of real world opportunities such as work tasters, work experience and mentoring in addition to making connections between young people and organisations in the community who can help them to achieve their goals.

CareerStart Pre-employment Training Programs

CareerStart Pre-employment Training Programs have been developed in response to skill shortage areas in the trades, and to offer young people studying vocational training additional support with the aim to lead to employment.

YouthWorX NT liaises with local training providers, employers and provides participants with individual job coaching and teaches skills for job seeking. This support includes work experience, concurrent and ongoing mentoring and support for the learners.

Career Launchpad Service

Our Career Launchpad service provides one-on-one, specialised career coaching and vocational support for young people with disability in their transition from school and into the world of work. The service will provide a cohort of young people with the opportunity to engage in a well-established, specialised youth career service in the safe, supportive environment provided by YouthWorX NT.


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Training Sessions: Thursdays weekly at Nakara Oval from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Football Without Borders (FWB) is an organisation that promotes the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants in the Darwin community by engagement through the practice of football (soccer). The program provides a great opportunity for participants to meet form new friendships, practice their favourite sport and grow in confidence as they find their place within the Darwin community.

FWB competes in Football NT’s Division 1 tournament during the active football season (Feb – Sep) and plays friendlies every other weekend throught the year. No matter your skill levels, you are welcome to enjoy football with us.

Support is fluid and extends to areas outside of football including help finding work, transport and communication systems.

Find us on Facebook as “Football Without Borders Darwin” and join in the fun!


BushMob runs a residential program in Alice Springs for young people aged 12 to 25 years of age, wanting to get their lives back on track without alcohol, drugs or sniffing. The program allows each participant the option of a support person who can stay with them for a few days when they begin the program. The program requires the participants to undertake alcohol and other drug assessments, receive medical checkups and receive counselling. The BushMob residential program is a very unique program, tailored to meet the needs of young people living in Central Australia.

Outreach Bush Adventure Therapy Program

An early intervention program providing weekly, overnight & two-week adventure bush trips & camps for groups of 8 to 30 young people 12 to 25 years old. The programs focus on preventing youth homelessness; drug, alcohol & sniffing misuse; and disconnection of young people from their schools, families & communities. Program areas include skills development, self-discovery, counselling, team work, bush walking, swimming, rock climbing, caving, camel or horse treks, four-wheel driving, cooking & mechanics.

Outreach Intensive Support Programs for Young People

Support programs are provided for disadvantaged youngpeople 12 to 25 years old who are at risk of engaging in the misuse of alcohol, drugs or sniffing substances.Support available includes 24-hour care in residentialaccommodation, case management, counselling, briefintervention, life-skills development and education & training programs.

After-hours telephone contact is available.


ASYCC creates opportunities for everyone to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.  Provide affordable sport & recreational activities in a safe, clean, and inviting environment for people of all ages through sound business and management practices

The Centre prides its self in promoting an active lifestyle for people of all ages. We have a membership of over 700 from 0-70+.

We offer a range of recreational activities, seven days a week, to the wider demographic of the Alice Springs community. The Centre has successfully operated from a group of old buildings (some dating back to 1947). Our members reflect the population of Alice Springs, everyone is welcome. Some activities attract a fee to cover operational costs, but only survive because they are facilitated by volunteer instructors. If these core activities, and others from hiring the facilities, did not exist the ASYCC would not be able to remain functional, and provide the many vital public access opportunities for sport and Youth social interaction.

The Centre has the following areas: a large dance studio, which is now the home of the Greatorex Public Service Gym; Agnes East Gymnasium (gymnastics and circus space); boxing shed; martial arts dojo; and recreational hall in addition to its outside facilities. Individuals and groups are catered for with a range of classes; including gymnastics, boxing, 5 disciplines of martial arts – all taught by qualified instructors. The recreational hall provides pool tables, TVDVD player and also caters for refreshments from a canteen area. There is a boxing shed with boxing bags, weights and even a ring where Alice Springs boxing champions James Swan, Jason Lord and Henry Collins have inspired local children.


CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care).

CREATE Connect children and young people to each other, CREATE and their Community to Empower children and young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and skills that enable them to have a voice and be heard to Change the care system, in consultation with children and young people, through advocacy to improve policies, practices and services, and increase community awareness.


CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care).

CREATE Connect children and young people to each other, CREATE and their Community to Empower children and young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and skills that enable them to have a voice and be heard to Change the care system, in consultation with children and young people, through advocacy to improve policies, practices and services, and increase community awareness

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Sport & Recreation Programs

Provides sport and recreational opportunities for adults, young people and children over 9 years old with intellectual, psychiatric or physical disabilities or acquired brain injury. Services include adult group programs, youth programs and individual programs that assist with gaining access to chosen sports.

Programs focus on developing independence.


NPY Women’s Council’s purpose is to work with the women and their families of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankuntjatjara region in Central Australia to increase the capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices.

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Ruby Gaea provides specialist post-initial trauma sexual assault counselling, education and training service.  

Sexual Assault Counselling

Free & confidential counselling for women and children who have been affected by sexual violence. This includes sexual assault as a result of family or domestic violence. Medical and legal support is provided.

Support groups for survivors and their relatives are available. Workshops for practitioners and the general community; training lectures in the community on sexual violence; and a lending library of books, videos and articles on rape and related issues are also available.

Sexual Assault Prevention

Provides education in sexual assault prevention for primary school and secondary-school students.

A lending library of DVDs and articles on sexual assault and related issues is available.


Administrative Services

Provides project management, general administration, human resources management and secretarial services such as minute-taking for organisations in the Katherine region.

Community Development & Projects

Provides a range of community development activities and projects.

  • Youth Project ( in partnership with Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment program, Katherine Youth Interagency taskforce Group, OWN (Our Wellbeing Network, suicide prevention, intervention and post vention))
  • Stolen Generation, Katherine
  • Facilitating Partner, Katherine Individual Support Program

On the Board of Communities for Children with the Smith Family

Coordinating Body

KRAHRS brings together Aboriginal organisations involved in the delivery of health and related services in the Katherine region in order to enable service providers and advocates to share information, support each other and coordinate activities for the benefit of the indigenous people of the region.


The Café One program aims to provide a safe and supportive environment to empower and support young people aged 16 to 24 years who are disengaged from schooling, homeless or at risk of homelessness or experiencing disadvantage by providing employment training, to help break the cycle of disadvantage and achieve goals towards independence. Café One mobile van moves to different locations with the support of local councils and business groups, helping to highlight the program to the wider audience and engage various communities, and improve the social skills of the participants. The presence of the Café will serve to encourage other at risk young people to approach and seek information and referrals, and provide additional opportunities for our case workers to engage at a much deeper level with the young people through an assessment of broader needs and case plans to help them to achieve their goals.

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