About Council

The Darwin municipality covers 112 square kilometres and its population (per the latest estimated population figures released by the ABS in 2014) was 81,670 with some 43,000 electors on the electoral roll.

City of Darwin is one of five municipal and 11 shire councils in the Northern Territory operating under the Northern Territory Local Government Act.  Its role is to provide public services, make wise decisions in the interests of the community and to represent the community in the State/Territory and national contexts.

City of Darwin

Operating under the Northern Territory Local Government Act it is charged with the 'Peace, order and good government of its council area and has the control and management of that good government'.

The Local Government Act authorises local councils to make appropriate by-laws for local people and communities. It is important for these to provide long term solutions rather than temporary relief to minor problems.

The role of the Council is to provide public services, make wise decisions in the interests of the community in a balanced way for the greatest benefit, to initiate, coordinate and serve as a catalyst for local effort, and to represent the community in the State/Territory and national contexts.

The Council is made up of 13 Elected Members, one of whom is the Lord Mayor, and all are elected by the people. Elections are held every four years, the next one due in 2016.

The Council is a major employer in Darwin, employing approximately 350 staff. It operates from the Civic Centre in Harry Chan Avenue, four public libraries and from service depots in the northern suburbs and in Bishop Street.