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

Youth  Substance Assessment and Treatment Services.

Therapeutic programs are delivered within two modalities and include an individual Intensive Assessment Program (IAP) that includes comprehensive psychological assessment, case planning, education and recreation programs for  young people aged between 12 and 25 years, who are supported with 24 hour care throughout their short stay. Length of stay is detemined by the needs of each participant. Some young people may progrss on to the Substance Treatment Program (STP) for a longer period in a residential setting that is also tailored to the individual needs of each young person and delivered through qualified clinical staff,  key workers, program facilitator and an educator delivering literacy and numeracy programs. CAAPS offers , health screening, counselling, vocational support, and life skills development such as caring for self. There is an option for young people to enter either program with a family member or support person. Self referrals are welcome.

Healthy Families Residential Rehabilitation Program

A twelve-week residential treatment program providing services to primarily Aboriginal people and their families who are suffering the impact of alcohol or other drug use. Supported accommodation is provided in Dolly Garinyi Hostel for clients undertaking the treatment program. Families and individuals are offered counselling, initial health screening, life skills development such as caring for self, cooking and nutrition, budgeting and tenancy support. The Children’s program supports parenting skills development and school readiness for youngsters up to pre-school age. School age children attend local schools during their stay. The program helps children and young people deal with their feelings about having family members who misuse substances and learn skills to assist in keeping themselves safe. Self referrals are welcome.

‘Strong Steps’ – Coolalinga (drop-in AOD counselling service)

A fee free service based in Darwin’s rural area offering counselling and information  to individuals and families experiencing issues with  alcohol and other drugs. Culturally diverse and experienced staff are able to provide information to anyone affected by methamphetamine. You can drop in or make an appointment to see us  in a child friendly, comfortable and confidential environment at shop 3/465 Stuart Highway Coolalinga, NT.  We also offer phone counselling on 08 89 833 413. Email


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Aherlkeme Development Centre (also known as Percy Court) in Alice Springs provides accommodation and access to support services for Territorians who are homeless or at risk. The Northern Territory Government has partnered with Mission Australia to provide transitional accommodation and support services with the goal of improving individual’s and families’ access to secure tenancies in either private or public markets. Aherlkeme Development Centre case workers also support people for six to 12 months, with the expectation they will move into long-term accommodation after adjusting to town living.


YWCA operates the Medical Accommodation Program  on behalf of the Department of Health and works closely with the Patient Assisted Travel Service (PATS).

Barbara James House (BJH) is a “Hotel with Heart” providing high standard and well appointed guest rooms for a guest and their carer. Our guests travel arrangements are made by PATS who bring them from regional Northern Territory locations to stay while accessing treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre.

Dr Helen Phillipps Cottages (DHPC) are offers guests from remote or regional areas a “home away from home” in one of our six three bedroom homes located within close proximity of the Royal Darwin Hospital and Casuarina Shopping Centre. The facility has been established for people and approved carers from rural and remote areas to book through PATS to access medical or dental treatment.

Darwin Community Arts (DCA) is a non-profit, incorporated Association that focuses on community-based arts and cultural development.


Malak continues to be a pilot area for DCA’s neighbourhood-based approach although its programs and projects cover different neighbourhoods of Darwin Region (which includes the Tiwi Islands, City of Darwin, City of Palmerston, and Litchfield Shire).

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Our Disability Employment Services provide tailored support to people with a disability on their journey to securing long term employment within the local labour market. Delivering both the DMS and ESS contracts we are partnering and building relationships with both employers and job seekers to overcome barriers and achieve employment outcomes for job seekers. Mission Australia has two offices in the NT situated in Palmerston and Wanguri to support job seekers.


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Youth Accommodation Support Service (YASS) provides a range of services and support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness aged between 15 to 19 years in Katherine, Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area.


COOLmob works with the Darwin community to help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water usage through improved home-energy efficiency, reduced car usage, reduced waste going to landfill and water conservation. Home and apartment building sustainability audits are conducted by COOLmob’s specially trained sustainability officers.


Environment Centre

Peak community-sector environmental organisation providing advocacy and policy development as well as conducting public media campaigns to raise community awareness of environmental issues and lobbying government on matters of environmental importance.

Programs offered include Living Harbour, Safe Climate, Nuclear-Free Northern Territory, Green Living and Nature Territory which deals with land clearing & sustainable land-use. The Centre is also involved with government processes and submissions including environmental-impact assessments.


GIVIT Listed Ltd connects those who have with those who need, in a safe and private way. Through the GIVIT website, trusted Australian organisations are able to request exactly what is needed by their clients. These requests are listed here, where everyday Australians can donate in response. Alternatively, donors can pledge items for donation into our online warehouse which is a private online portal where registered organisations can see and reserve what’s available.

When a need is matched to a donation, the GIVIT portal sends an email to exchange contact details between the donor and the organisation where they can both liaise to arrange a delivery option. Once the charity receives the item, it is privately passed onto the recipient. The donor and recipient never meet as, above all, GIVIT aims to preserve the dignity and privacy of people accessing support.


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CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory.

The organisation provides counselling and other support services in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Tiwi, Wadeye, Nauiyu, Jabiru, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala, Indulkana and Ali Curung.

CatholicCare NT ATAPS Triage Service liaise with GPs and referral sources to review client eligibility and allocate referrals to ATAPS providers. ATAPS Triage Service can be contacted Monday to Friday during business hours.

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Community Housing is offered in Alice Springs for people on low to moderate incomes. Located at Bloomfield Street, the housing complexes include two-bedroom units that are available to rent.


The Legal Aid Helpline provides free and confidential legal information, referral to other helpful services, and appointments for free legal advice. Take your first step towards a solution and call the Legal Aid Helpline on 1800 019 343.

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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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Short & medium-term accommodation for up to six months is available for males 18 years old or over and includes meals.



Katherine Isolated Children’s Service (KICS) endeavours to foster play based learning with quality resources by facilitating opportunities for geographically and socially isolated children to engage with visiting team members and other children.

Katherine Isolated Children’s Services

A mobile playgroup and parent information service for families living in remote areas.  The service particularly assists indigenous families and pastoral families.

Mobile Play Group

KICS is a mobile children’s service that visits remote areas providing playgroups and a parent information service. KICS playgroups are structured around education through play and social & recreational activities for children 0 to 12 years old.

The service particularly assists indigenous families and cattle station families.

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CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory.

The organisation provides counselling and other support services in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Tiwi, Wadeye, Nauiyu, Jabiru, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala, Indulkana and Ali Curung.

This program aims to provide professional counselling to schools where students can access quality counselling and group work programs, and an efficient, accessible and cost effective school counselling program for school communities, students and their parents.

Child Care

Full-time, part-time and emergency child care are available to assist parents of children 3 months to 5 years old.


Early Education Programs

Provides in-house educational activities, outings and programs for children 3 months to 5 years old.

Anyinginyi is a multi-disciplinary organisation which provides primary health care services to the people of Tennant Creen and the surrounding Barkly region.

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OutCARE supports people leaving prison to rebuild their lives, reconnect with family and work towards a positive future. This includes helping with immediate practical needs on release, linking with employment, training and community supports and exploring longer term goals.


Relationships Australia NT provides counselling, reunion mediation, records searching, family tracing, information and events to people affected by past forced adoptions policies and practices in Australia between the 1940s and 70s.

We understand that issues around forced adoption may be hard to share and difficult to understand. Our experienced staff are respectful of people’s differing choices and options, and we acknowledge and value the diverse experiences of those affected.


More Information:

It’s still business as usual for us, although we’ve closed our offices to limit the spread of COVID-19. Appointments will be available via phone and video only.

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