Welcome – Apijirra – to the Barkly Regional Council. We deliver support and services across the culturally diverse communities of the Barkly Region.

Cultural Sensitivity Warning

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers and readers of this website are advised that this website may contain the images, voices and videos of deceased persons.

Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions used that may be culturally sensitive and which may not normally be used in public or community contexts.

Acknowledgement to Country

The Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the Warumungu, Mudberra, Jingili, Wakaya, Wambaya, Waanyi, Walpiri, Warlmanpa, Alyawarr, Anmatyerre and Kaytetye Country on which we live and work on and Recognize their ongoing connection to lands, waters and culture. We pay our respects to the ancestors and elders of these lands in all aspects of past, present and emerging. 

May we continue to work together to deliver sustainable outcomes through a process based on mutual respect and understanding.

A Message from the Council Mayor

A Message from the Council Chief Executive Officer

Situated in the eastern central region of the Northern Territory, The Barkly Region is the second largest Local Government Area in Australia and the fourth largest in the world.

The golden heart of Australia in Tennant Creek NT, is part of the Barkly Region and is the primary hub for the Barkly. The region features many iconic, panoramic landscapes that can be accessed from Tennant Creek. 

The Barkly Regional Council was established in 2008 and its area covers 7 communities (2 regional towns and 5 remote communities). The Barkly's local government area is over 320,000km2 , Making it one of the largest local government footprints in Australia. The estimated population of the Barkly Regional council, as stated in the 2021 Census is 6,316

The Barkly Regional Council employs an average of 200 staff across 7 communities (2 towns and 5 remote communities), of whom 60% are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and is committed to delivering services for residents of the region. The Coordination of all services and the administration of governance, finance, funding agreements, program management and human resourcing is undertaken centrally from our Tennant Creek Offices. If you are interested in joining our team, check out our Careers page for vacant positions.