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ABS Offices - Northern Territory

Living and Working at the Northern Territory Regional Office (Darwin)

Darwin is the vibrant, multicultural and diverse capital of the Northern Territory. Located just 12 degrees south of the equator it has been described as Australia’s gateway to South-East Asia. Flying time to Jakarta is less than that to Canberra, whilst Singapore and Manila are as close as Sydney or Melbourne.

Darwin City has a population of about 127,532. This constitutes half of the Northern Territory population. The Northern Territory has a vast area of 1,352,176 sq km which makes it third in size behind Western Australia and Queensland, however its small population means it has the lowest population density of any state or territory. Darwin is the main commercial and administrative centre of the Northern Territory.

Alice Springs, located 1500km south of Darwin, is the largest regional centre (about 27,000 people) and is the base for significant tourism activities around the central region. This including such areas as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and the Olgas), Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), the Western and Eastern McDonnell Ranges, Mereenie loop road, Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley, to name a few.

Darwin’s coastal location and its proximity to the equator contribute to unique weather patterns. There are two official seasons: the “Wet” and the “Dry”.

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The Wet occurs between about October and April when the level of humidity rises, cloud cover increases and eventually monsoonal rains fall. It is during this time that Darwin receives the majority of its 1700mm rainfall. This rainfall is accompanied by a temperature range of about 26 (min) to 33 (max). The Dry has virtually no rain, clear skies and temperatures between 20 (min) and 31 (max). These two seasons produce the lush green growth typical of a tropical location during the Wet and the drying off of the grasses and undergrowth as the rain ceases.

Further inland the central and southern regions experience vastly different landscapes, flora, fauna and climatic conditions. Generally this inland area is relatively dry for most of the year with cooler winters and much hotter, dryer summers.
Darwin is culturally diverse with a population which has over 70 ethnic backgrounds. This has created an exciting mix of activities and opportunities. These include many differing cultural festivals, multiple weekly food and craft markets, a very wide range of restaurants, a multitude of sporting opportunities and a great variety of artistic performances. The climate lends itself to outdoor living and the host of activities reflect this.

A significant proportion of the working population of Darwin are employed by the NT government. There is also a wide range of industries, headed by mining, offshore oil and gas production, pastoral activities, tropical horticulture, retail, education, construction and tourism. Employment is at an all time high and there are many opportunities for skilled people.

Commuter transport is serviced by a very good network of well maintained roads (with very few hold-ups even at peak times) as well as a comprehensive public bus system. A series of connected bicycle paths also offer the opportunity for commuting.

There is a variety of primary, middle and senior schools located throughout Darwin and Palmerston. Charles Darwin University provides options for further education in both on-campus and open learning modes of study.

Housing prices are dependent on location, age, facilities; the median price of a house in Darwin is currently $510,000.
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Northern Territory Office, Darwin

Located in the heart of Darwin, the ABS office is ideally situated for everything you could need in your day. Close to shops, café’s, restaurants and pubs, you can choose to lunch in a sophisticated restaurant or take a sandwich down to Bicentennial Park and relax by the waters edge.

ABS Darwin employs around 40 people. The ABS NT Office responds to current and emerging statistical priorities of the NT Government and other users within the NT, while working in partnership with National Programs. Our aim is to work within the broader context of the ABS mission and overall strategic directions, while meeting the statistical needs of the NT Government and clients.

In the Northern Territory the ABS NT Office is an exciting place to work with opportunities to be involved on new wide ranging statistical projects, brought about by changes in government policy and community demands.

The work that is available is diverse and means that, most likely, you will be working closely with external clients providing data that meets their immediate business needs, or providing internal stakeholders with the infrastructure that helps them undertake their roles. You may also be required to provide statistical support, such as anticipating high priority statistical needs that are not currently being met and investigate innovative means of satisfying these.

Outputs can include development and promotion of standard frameworks, concepts and definitions, products from the Census and from surveys in the areas of family, children and health, including the analyses related to sub-populations.

Career Prospects and Promotional Opportunities

NT Office positions include administrative, operational and statistical roles in either client and/or statistical areas. Within the NT Office, staff are encouraged to move between the branches when positions become available in order to broaden their work experience. The availability of opportunities is largely determined by staff mobility, the size of the office and the types of services that we provide in the NT.

NT Office staff are provided with opportunities to experience a broad range of work in each Branch and across the Office, thereby enhancing learning and career development. Another consequence of this arrangement is the creation of a more efficient workplace by having extra inbuilt contingencies in the event of staff absences and other operational needs.

Social Activities

The NT Office Social club is an informal group who organises social activities and functions throughout the year. They are involved in organising the sponsorship and participation of the annual Corporate Challenge events, regular social events such as the $2FREE held every second Friday, welcome morning teas, Christmas parties and fundraising throughout the year. The office also promotes the health and well-being of its employees by encouraging staff to participate in local and national health initiatives such as influenza vaccinations and information sessions on a variety of health issues.

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