Regional Deals

Regional Deals are based on the City Deals model and aim to improve the productivity and livability of a region. They reflect the unique needs of regional Australia and a longer term approach to investing in regions.

Regional Deals support a ‘place-based approach’ by putting community-identified priorities at the centre. They bring together all levels of government, the private sector and other partners to capitalise on the opportunities for a region, supporting local leadership and community aspiration.

Because each deal will reflect the comparative advantages, assets and challenges specific to a region, no two deals are expected to be the same in terms of scope, size or commitments.

The Barkly Regional Deal will be the first regional deal in Australia. The Australian Government is continuing to consider options about the best way to respond to interest in Regional Deals that complements current investment in regional Australia.

Barkly Regional Deal

The then Prime Minister, Northern Territory Chief Minister and Barkly Regional Council Mayor announced the Barkly Regional Deal in July 2018.

On 10 December 2018, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, Chief Minister the Hon Michael Gunner MLA and Barkly Regional Council Mayor Steve Edgington signed the Barkly Regional Deal ‘Statement of Intent’, and made a joint commitment of $60 million to support the deal. The $60 million investment will be spent to address local priorities and is currently being negotiated with the Northern Territory Government, the Barkly Regional Council and the broader community, including Aboriginal leaders and communities. The media release is here.

The Barkly Regional Deal is a joint partnership between the three levels of government to support the economic and social development of the region.

The Barkly community is at the heart of the regional deal and will be involved throughout its development and implementation. Local leadership is needed to drive and make the deal a success in the long-term.

Central and critical to the deal is supporting the Barkly Aboriginal leadership develop responses to local priorities that reflect Aboriginal cultural values and can improve educational, employment and social outcomes.

  • Barkly Regional Deal Statement of Intent PDF: 1008 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Barkly Regional Deal Information note December 2018 PDF: 145 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Barkly Regional Deal community priorities and aspirations December 2018 PDF: 521 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Barkly Regional Deal consultation report December 2018 PDF: 148 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Barkly Regional Deal consultation report October 2018 PDF: 159 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Barkly Regional Deal community priorities and aspirations October 2018 PDF: 82 KB ReadSpeaker