Research Reports and Working Papers

The Northern Institute seeks opportunities to develop cooperative projects with external entities through externally funded projects.

A primary purpose of externally funded projects is to produce results to improve the wellbeing of our society. To maximise the benefits from this research, publications resulting from research activities should be disseminated as broadly as possible to allow access by other researchers and the wider community.

Below is a selection of our recent research activities.

If you wish to disseminate the reports further, please adhere to the individual reports copyright and acknowledgment protocols.


Northern Institute Working Papers

ISSN: 2207-3388


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Estimates of Australia’s non-heterosexual population 02/2018

Dr Tom Wilson

pdf (1.26MB)
German born residents in the Northern Territory – why are they ‘sticky’? 01/2018

Anita Maertens

pdf (1.26MB)
The size and growth of the Northern Territory’s Gambling Industry 03/2017

Tony Barnes

pdf (1.26MB)
Indigenous Languages, Culture and Knowledge Services Workforce: Business Opportunities in an Emergent NT Services Economy 02/2017

Michaela Spencer

pdf (1MB)
Heading north, staying north? The increasing importance of international migrants to northern and remote Australia 01/2017

Andrew Taylor

pdf (1.26MB)
Northern Territory population futures 01/2016

Tom Wilson

pdf (823KB)

Northern Institute Research Reports



Remote Engagement Coordination – Indigenous Evaluation Research (REC-IER) project Remote Engagement Coordination - Indigenous Evaluation Research (REC-IER)

The Remote Engagement Coordination – Indigenous Evaluation Research (REC-IER) project was funded through the NTG Department of Housing and Community Development. The aim of the research was to develop community specific strategies for evaluating the engagement and coordination performance of government in the four project locations – Galiwin’ku, Ngukurr, Ntaria and Ali Curung

pdf (1.98MB)

report-cover Ageing in Remote Places Safeguarding resilience of older people in a remote NT community

This brief reports on an exploration of the experience of ageing in a remote community within the Northern Territory . It aims to deepen current understanding of what determines resilience for individuals and communities of seniors who choose to grow old in small, isolated communities outside of main urban centres.
pdf (774KB)

report-cover Five years on from the Inquiry: Caring for older Australians, what is the viability of ageing in remote places, in Australia?

This report, five years on, compares the recommendations of the Inquiry with the perceptions and experiences of older people living in one remote community in the Northern Territory (NT).

pdf (774KB)

report-cover An assessment of potential data sources to indicate seasonal de facto population change: a case study of Darwin.

This report evaluates 12 data sources to establish whether they could act as useful proxy indicators of the de facto population in Darwin local government area and how it varies throughout the year.

pdf (774KB)

red-cross-coverDisaster Resilience, Management and Preparedness in Aboriginal Communities in Darwin and Palmerston

The aim of this project was to explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Darwin when a cyclone, bushfire or severe weather event strikes and in its aftermath, and to identify determinants of vulnerability from the perspective of these communities. 

Stage 1 pdf (1.84MB)

Stage 2 pdf (1.78MB)

safe-streets-coverNorthern Territory Safe Streets Audit

The purpose of the Safe Streets Audit was to examine crime and safety issues in the Northern Territory urban communities of Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs and to help inform effective strategies to reduce the actual and perceived risk of victimisatio

pdf (3.79MB)

igldp-coverIndigenous Governance and Leadership Development Project

The goals of this program were to improve understanding of the contemporary functioning and interactions of Aboriginal and Western governance traditions, and grow capacities and understandings in governance and leadership in remote communities.

pdf (6.82MB)

teaching-from-country-coverTeaching from Country: Increasing the participation of Indigenous Knowledge Holders in Tertiary Teaching through the use of emerging Digital Technologies

This project developed, implemented, evaluated and reported upon systems for the properly supervised inclusion and active participation ‘from country’ of Indigenous knowledge authorities, in Australian higher education courses, through the use of emerging digital technologies.

pdf (2.97MB)

Helping & caringHelping & caring, not only our family: Northern Territory Indigenous Perspectives on Volunteering

The aim of this research was to investigate Aboriginal perspectives on volunteering, and to explore processes and practices through which non-government organisations and service providers might support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers.

pdf (1.42MB)