Our structure

The NLC’s operations are managed by five divisions:
Land and Law

The Land and Law division comprises Legal Services, Anthropology and the Minerals and Energy branches. The division identifies and consults with Traditional Owners to secure and protect their rights and interests in land and sea. The team provides legal advice to the NLC and Traditional Owners, conducts land rights and native title claims, negotiates agreements and pursues litigation where appropriate. It also provides advice and oversight of the NLC’s obligations regarding mineral and petroleum exploration, production and associated activities as they relate to the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act and the Native Title Act.

Community and Regional Services

The Community and Regional Services division is made up of the Regional Development, Caring for Country and the Community Planning and Development branches. The Regional Development branch is responsible for managing the NLC’s network of regional offices beyond Darwin and performs a number of services in our remote communities. It coordinates funding allocations for ceremonies and funerals, processes permit applications and facilitates the Section 19 proposal and assessment approval process across the region. The Caring for Country branch hosts and provides administrative support to land and sea ranger groups across the NLC region, provides policy support and advice on land and sea management issues and supports joint management of national parks. The Community Planning and Development branch supports Aboriginal land-owning groups to use payments from land use agreements to drive their own development and secure lasting benefits from their land, waters and seas.

Financial Services

The Financial Services division provides financial and information communications technology (ICT) management across the NLC. It is also responsible for assets, fleet, infrastructure and facility management throughout our region.

People Services

The People Services division supports the NLC’s diverse and growing workforce. It is responsible for the entire suite of human resources, including recruitment, industrial relations, payroll, learning and development and work health safety. The division is also responsible for information management, which includes archiving, records management and library services.

Executive Services

The Executive Services division works collaboratively across the NLC to provide advice and professional services to the CEO. The division plays a key role in developing and monitoring NLC policy positions, managing relationships and communications with key external stakeholders, and ensuring good governance practices. The division also leads a number of priority projects including regionalisation, remote housing, and land use management & royalty and permit data management reforms.