About us

The Department of Tourism and Culture was established by the Northern Territory Government on 12 September, 2016, amalgamating the previous Departments of Sport and Recreation, Arts and Museums, Parks and Wildlife and Tourism NT, as well as the Heritage division.

The Department of Tourism and Culture's vision is to create compelling reasons to live in and visit the Northern Territory.

It employs more than 640 staff with a workforce dedicated to attracting more visitors to the NT, creating an enviable place to live and working to conserve our natural and cultural assets for future generations.

The department has two ministers, one CEO and four divisions.

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More about Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Division

Protect and provide access to the Territory’s assets so they are available now and for future generations.

Grow partnerships, ownership and stewardship in our assets.

Raise awareness and engagement with our assets.

Develop existing locations and identify new locations to provide for new or improved service provision, experiences and activities.

More about Community Participation, Sport and the Arts Division

Encourage communities to engage and participate in activities we provide or facilitate.

Strengthen our relationships with the community and grow strategic partnerships at all levels.

Develop and deliver quality programs and initiatives to support life-long learning and quality of life.

Support and encourage capacity development of Territorians.

More about Tourism and Events Division

Grow visitation by promoting diverse and sustainable visitor experiences.

Actively work with local business and industry partners to strengthen their capacity and capability.

Develop, attract and deliver national and international calibre events.

Support the investment in relevant infrastructure to maximise improved experiences for visitors.

More about Strategic Services Division

Maximise experiences through sustainable infrastructure development.

Have a positive, high performing and inclusive culture.

Develop high performing managers and leaders to achieve increased performance.

Create the right environment for people to perform and attract talented people.

Nurture a workforce that is diverse, inclusive and reflective of the community we serve.

Strategic plans

Tourism and Culture Strategic Plan 2017-2020 (1.0 mb)

Tourism Vision 2020

Annual reports

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

To access previous annual reports, email the department on communications.dtc@nt.gov.au or call (08) 8999 3854.

Our Ministers

Hon. Lauren Moss - Minister for Tourism and Culture

Hon. Ken Vowles - Minister for Arafura Games

Our management

Simonne Shepherd
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Hopper
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Tourism and Events

Lorraine Corowa
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Strategic and Organisational Alignment

Mark Ashley
Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Executive Director

Phillip Leslie
Community Participation, Sport and the Arts Executive Director

Susan Kirkman
Strategic Services Executive Director

Department of Tourism and Culture Structure Chart (141.7 kb)

Last updated: 25 June 2018