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

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.

Provides Housing via a waiting list. Not emergency housing. Targeted to working aboriginal people and/orAboriginal Seniors over 50.

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.

Advocacy, Information & Referral

DeafNT provides advocacy, information and referral forhearing-impaired people and lobbies government on behalf of all hearing-impaired people.

Auslan classes may be provided for individuals, families orgroups.

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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Mampu Maninja-kurlangu Jarlu Patu-ku Aboriginal Corp. operates the highly respected Yuendumu Old People’s Programme (YOPP) aged care service.

The core aim of the program is to provide a range of support services that enable old people to remain living in Yuendumu with their families and thereby relieving the risk of unnecessary permanent placement in Alice Springs nursing homes. We achieve this by delivering high quality, culturally appropriate care and services to aged and frail clients and by supporting family care givers.


Tennant Creek Transport “We move People”- Addressing Transport disadvantage in Tennant Creek.

Accredited to Operated Commercial Passenger Vehicles  and NDIS registered transport provider.

  1. Town Flexible Route bus Service – Monday to Friday 8-5
  2. Door to Door Minibus ( wheelchair capacity 2) Monday to Friday 7.30 -5
  3. Greyhound Connect Service – getting passengers to and from the Greyhound Service in Tennant Creek
  4. Charter Services


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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


Variety is the children’s charity that provides support through grants for children and families. Grants include items such as mobility, communication and education, equipment and aids. Also includes grants for therapy services including occupational therapy and music therapy.

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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.

BBSSGNT is a suicide bereavement support group for persons over the age of 18 years who have been impacted by suicide loss of a family member, friend or work colleague.  Postvention support (support after suicide) is Prevention. For every incident of suicide, research indicates that at least 135 persons are affected by each incident. This equates to approx half a million people nationally in Australia alone.  The BBSSGNT is an initiative by SabrinasReach4Life based in Darwin. Currently this service is run by volunteers and auspiced by Anglicare NT.

Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month between 7pm to 9pm @ Harry’s Place, 1 Willeroo Street in TIWI.

Call 0491311211 for more information.


SabrinasReach4Life (SR4L)objectives is to be a voice for those with a lived experience of suicide loss and complex grief, and advocate for improvements in the NT suicide prevention, intervention and postvention support.  The Committee networks extensively with not only local stakeholders who have a role in this sector, but also with interstate and international experts in suicide loss and grief. SR4L (previously known as SabrinasRide4Life) was established by Lidia and Michael Di Lembo following the loss of their daughter Sabrina, to suicide.

The focus of SR4L is currently the establishment of the Bereaved By Suicide Support Group NT  which meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month between 7 to 9pm at Harry’s Place, TIWI

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Our robust and evidence-based programs help educate people about suicide with the goal of challenging attitudes and teaching basic engagement and suicide intervention skills.

Local Wesley LifeForce community suicide prevention networks are one of the most effective ways of raising awareness on the issue of suicide, and developing suicide prevention strategies at a grassroots level in towns and cities across Australia.

Wesley LifeForce Memorial Services offer practical care and emotional support for people who have been bereaved by suicide, including family, friends and local communities.

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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.


The Childbirth Education Association Darwin is a community based organisation which provides information and support for women and their families and promotes self- reliance and confidence in pregnancy, birth and parenting.   CEA provide support through education sessions, pre-natal and post-natal exercise classes; library and general resources.  Childbirth Education Association is also a community advocate for birthing services.


Support for Alcoholics

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences in order to help them solve their common problems and assist recovery from alcoholism. Information is provided for callers about their nearest local meeting.


A service to assist and guide older Australians and their families to make informed choices about their aged care needs and to get the best outcomes from the aged care system.

For people who need information about aged care options, or help to access aged care supports.

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