The Northern Territory Government acknowledges the importance of Aboriginal people's cultural connections to their traditional lands, and the contribution that homelands and outstations make to the economic, social and cultural life of the Northern Territory.

Go to publications to read the homelands policy.

Homelands and outstations

Homelands and outstations are small Aboriginal communities where residents live in order to fulfil their cultural obligations to their inherited country and its underlying traditional law. 

Homelands can provide social, spiritual, cultural, health and economic benefits to residents. 

They enable residents to live on, and maintain connections with their ancestral lands.

Homelands and outstations are distinguished from urban living areas or town camps, which have different opportunities and challenges. 

They are also distinguished from major and minor remote communities, which are characterised by public housing and essential services assets owned and controlled by government, and the direct presence of formal local government services.

Read about services to homelands.


Homelands and Outstations Unit
Department of Local Government and Community Services
Phone: 1800 031 648

Last updated: 18 April 2016