Policy & Advocacy
NT Council of Government Schools Organisations (NTCOGSO)
We’re NT COGSO and we are passionate about public education.
We are the peak parent body for NT public education, providing advocacy and representation for families, students and school communities to the Northern Territory and Federal governments, including their agencies.
NT Legal Aid Commission
We provide free and confidential legal information, referral to other helpful services and legal advice appointments for most legal problems in the NT.
Call the Legal Aid Helpline on 1800 019 343. The Helpline operator will talk about what type of problem you need help with and connect you to the correct office at Legal Aid to make an appointment. We provide legal advice over the phone, or in person if that is preferred.
Your nearest Legal Aid office runs legal advice clinics in family law, criminal law and civil law matters.
Ongoing legal representation is available to people who qualify for a grant of legal aid. We require you to meet a financial means test and your legal problem must be something we are funded to provide representation for.
Take your first step towards a solution and call the Legal Aid Helpline on 1800 019 343
NT Shelter’s work, as the peak body for affordable housing and homelessness, involves research and policy development, advocacy and communications, sector consultation and coordination, and capacity building. We represent and promote the important work and interests of our members across the affordable housing and homelessness sector with a view to achieving better outcomes for Territorians without access to appropriate and affordable housing. We are also responsible for delivery of the Homelessness Response Group (HRG) Darwin Pilot, the ShelterME website, and other activities as reported in our Annual reports.
Our principal activities are:
NTCOSS Social and Community Sector – Policy and Support
NTCOSS supports a strong and sustainable Community and Social services Sector (the Sector). The Sector is subject to constant change driven by a range of imperatives including legislation, contractual arrangements, competition and increasing demand for services.
NTCOSS identifies and assists the Sector to meet changing requirements though legislative change, social policy changes and operational practises. NTCOSS also works in building organisations’ capacity to provide high quality services by facilitating development and providing resources, information and referrals. Key areas of work are:
- Providing leadership for the Sector to positively influence policy frameworks affecting the Sector;
- Positioning and promoting the Sector to increase its collective influence, and improve recognition of the contribution to society and the economy;
- Promoting real community engagement across NT Government;
- Lobbying for adequate funding and effective service agreements;
- Disseminating information and resources to the Sector;
- Facilitate networking, development and training opportunities for the Sector workforce; and
- Promoting standards and developing organisations’ capacity for quality improvement, accountability and consumer participation.
Rainbow Territory is an unfunded Northern Territory community group that advocate for the human rights of Northern Territorians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (‘LGBTIQ’).
Rainbow Territory aims to develop a safer, fairer and a more inclusive Northern Territory.
What Rainbow Territory is working towards
Rainbow Territory wants to change law and policy in the NT to make the NT a better place to live for LGBTQI people of all ages.
We do this through
- law and policy reform
- supporting community connection and visibility
Relationships Australia – Redress Scheme Support Service
We provide free support for people who would like to apply for the National Redress Scheme.
If you experienced sexual abuse as a child under 18 years of age in any institution or school (including sporting club, scouts, orphanages, foster care, religious organisation, group home or clubs) we can support you.
Our support services can help people understand the Redress Scheme and its eligibility requirements. We support them through their application process and help with access to legal and financial advice.
SabrinasReach4LifeTo support those impacted by suicide in our community by instilling hope, promote healing & engendering compassion.We advocate for better access to services for those who are struggling from suicide loss, mental distress and provide referral pathways.
Surf Life Saving Northern Territory
Surf Life Saving Northern Territory (SLSNT) is a volunteer-based community service organisation regarded as the peak coastal safety body in the NT, which formed in 1983 and incorporated in 1991.
There are three Surf Life Saving Club’s (SLSC) in the Northern Territory, two in Darwin and one in Nhulunbuy.
TEMHCO (Top End Mental Health Consumer Organisation Inc)
By consumers for consumers – peer support for better mental wellbeing.
TEMHCO has a drop in centre style of service delivery which provides peer led support, friendship and understanding for anyone experiencing poor mental health, severe and enduring mental illness or a temporary period of reduced mental wellbeing related to life events.
TEMHCO staff all have personal mental health lived experience and use this in their service delivery as they promote good mental health & wellbeing to members and in the community, they encourage and walk alongside members as they develop or regain life skills and actively promote awareness in the greater to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
TEMHCO operate a drop-in centre 4 days per week and one day by appointment to assist those with more in depth needs and targeted support to students on work placement. Our activities and therapies are recovery focused, intended to boost confidence, improve skills and provide opportunities to access community activities in the support of friends.
TEMHCO share their collective lived experience knowledge with their peers, education to members, the public and professionals, providing accurate information, and offer guidance and assistance while engaging other services and advocacy.