Northern Territory Archives Service

The NT Archives Service fulfils the dual role of providing cultural services to the community and administrative services to the Government. In this respect, the functions of the NT Archives Service include preservation of government and community archives, provision of public access to archives collections and the provision of records management policy, standards and advice relating to appraisal, disposal and the management of permanent records.


Archives Navigator, the online access point to the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) Archives Management System is now available. Visit Archives Navigator introduction page for more information.


News & Features

Northern Territory History Grants awarded

A total of $57,000 has been awarded by the Northern Territory Government to recipients of the 2013 Northern Territory History Grants. Congratulations are extended to all recipients. Details of the recipients and their research projects are shown on the Northern Territory History Grants Awarded page.

The Northern Territory History Grants encourage and support original research about Northern Territory history. Preference is given to applications covering topics which haven’t been researched before or that propose a new approach.

Applications for the 2014 Northern Territory History Grants are expected to open in October 2014. Further information and guidelines are available on our website. 

Images of Darwin Harbour

Aerial view of Darwin Harbour 1965

Dive in to discover the swimming baths in Darwin Harbour and cruise through the images of ships.

A new selection of images is now available on our website. This selection focuses on swimming baths and shipping in Darwin Harbour. Excerpts from oral history interviews tell the stories about swimming in the harbour and arriving in Darwin by ship. Included are a swimming carnival programme and a dinner menu from the MV Koolama’s 1942 New Year voyage.

View the Images of Darwin Harbour.

Archives in the Northern Territory have co-located

The Northern Territory Archives Service has relocated from premises in Cavenagh Street, Darwin, to the archives building already occupied by the National Archives of Australia, located in Kelsey Crescent, Millner. The two archives are now operating from this one location.

The Northern Territory Archives Centre Reading Room in Millner is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday. Appointments are recommended.

Please see the Information Update for further detail.

If you have any queries regarding our services, please contact or phone NTAC (08) 8999 6890.

Records Disposal Freeze for Records relevant to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The NT Archives Service and the NT Records Service have issued a records disposal freeze to protect records that may be relevant to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. All documents which may be relevant to the Royal Commission investigations must not be destroyed by NT public sector organisations.

For further information regarding the freeze please see the attached Notice of Records Disposal Freeze relating to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The value of Archives to the Community

Recently the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) sought input from the public about the value they placed on Archives. The feedback was very positive and formed the basis for a presentation called The Value of Archives to the Community.

In 2010 a significant acknowledgement of the value of Archives came with the United Nations Universal declaration on Archives, recognising the key role that archives play in administrative transparency, and democratic accountability, as well as the preservation of collective social memory.