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2015 Defence White Paper Public Consultations, 21 August 2014

18 Aug 2014

The 2015 Defence White Paper provides an opportunity for the Australian Government to consult with the community on important Defence policy decisions.

The 2015 Defence White Paper Expert Panel is leading a programme of community engagement to allow members of the public to participate in a constructive discussion about Defence's priorities and future direction.

Defence expenditure in the Northern Territory exceeded $1.4 billion in 2012-13 and Defence members and their families make up approximately 6% of the Territory’s population.

Members of the Expert Panel will be in Darwin on Thursday 21 August 2014 to seek public views and considerations for the development of the 2015 Defence White Paper.

Members of the public are invited to attend the consultations commencing at 1.00 pm at:
The Ochre Suite
Northern Australia Development Office
Development House
76 The Esplanade

More information on the Defence White Paper is available at:

For more information on the Defence contribution to the NT economy:   (Page 91)

To attend, RSVP to or phone Daniel 89997520

Anzac Centenary Grants

03 Jul 2014

Applications are now open to community groups for grants of up to $5,000 to support events and projects that commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.

The grants are available as part of a $4.5 million Territory-wide program of events. The Anzac Centenary Program will run from August 2014 to November 2018 and will commemorate significant events for Australia from World War I. It will also include a Centenary of Service aimed at acknowledging important anniversaries of other conflicts during that time, including the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Local community groups are encouraged to apply, including community and ex service organisations, schools and educational institutions, museums, local governments and other not for profit organisations. 

Grants can be used for things such as public commemorative events, restoration of memorials, displays and research projects aimed at raising awareness of the ANZAC Centenary.

Applications close on 26 September 2014 and funding will be made available from January 2015 to help organisations start planning their commemorative events and activities.

Application forms and guidelines are available online at or can be picked up in person at the Department of the Chief Minister Offices, in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.

For further information please contact the Anzac Centenary Officer on 8999 5260 or email at