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Northern Territory Law Handbook

Welcome to the Northern Territory Law Handbook: an easy-to-read guide to law in the Northern Territory.

This approach to providing the community with plain English information on a comprehensive range of legal topics has been developed by AustLII, the NT Legal Aid Commission, and the Darwin Community Legal Service, with the support of the Law Society of the Northern Territory Public Purposes Trust. More information can be found on the Project page.

Over 70 people from the legal community, government and community agencies donate their time, expertise and effort to ensure that the text is up-to-date and accurate. All sections have links to the primary legislation and case law as well as further information, including contacts should you require legal advice.

Simply browse and click on any of the more than 100 topic headings, or use the search box in the top right corner to search over all the content to find what you need.

Please check the currency statement at the top of each page to see when the information was last updated. If you have questions or need legal help please phone the Legal Aid Helpline on 1800 019 343.


Children and Young People





Debts and Bankruptcy


Accidents and Injuries



Social Security



Community Organisations


Criminal Offences

Criminal Proceedings


Discrimination and Human Rights

Intellectual Property


The Media

Adult Guardianship

Older People and the Law

Wills, Estates and Death


Land & Environment

Freedom of Information and Privacy

Contact points

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