Northern Territory

The Northern Territory graphic shows 35% of jobs are regional. 12% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 10% of workers are self-employed.

The Northern Territory graphic shows 34% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 30% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 32% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Public Administration and Safety
Health Care and Social Assistance
Education and Training
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Other Services
Administrative and Support Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Information Media and Telecommunications
Wholesale Trade
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Financial and Insurance Services

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The Northern Territory is the smallest labour market in Australia, with almost two thirds of employment located in Darwin. Public Administration and Safety is the largest employing industry (20%), followed by Health Care and Social Assistance (18%).

Given the small size of the Territory’s workforce (compared with the rest of Australia), it is important to make the most of your relationships with friends, family and other local contacts as they may be aware of job opportunities.

Vacancies that might be formally advertised in other parts of Australia are often advertised through more informal ways (for example, word of mouth, sign in a shop window or on social media). Knowing that, people looking for work might find more opportunities by using every available method. For information on what employers are looking for, please see what employers are generally seeking.

Employment by region, Northern Territory

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Darwin 22 47 13 18 36 28 33
NT - Outback 25 49 11 20 28 30 30
Northern Territory 23 48 12 19 34 30 32
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.