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Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights



Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights

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2013-14 Budget 18 Regional Highlights Darwin Darwin is the Territorys capital city and the main population and administrative centre. About 80200people live in Darwin, which is approximately 35percent of the Territorys population. About 9percent of Darwins population is Indigenous. Although having a relatively young population, with 32percent aged 24 years and under, Darwin also has the highest proportion of the Territory regions of population aged over 65 years, at 7.1percent. Major industries in Darwin include tourism, government administration, defence and construction. In addition to its own tourist attractions, Darwin is also the gateway to Kakadu and Litchfield national parks. Recreational fishing also contributes a large amount to overall tourism activity. The Northern Territory Public Sector is a large employer in the region and Darwin is an important centre for defence with a number of bases, including the patrol boat base HMASCoonawarra, RAAFBaseDarwin and DefenceEstablishment Berrimah. Supporting Business and Economic Development $28.45M in Territory and Commonwealth funds for CharlesDarwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and other providers to deliver qualifications to Territorians to develop new skills or to build on existing skills for employment opportunities $8.81M to provide vehicle registration and driver licensing services $1.83M to maintain and refurbish facilities at BerrimahResearch Farm $1.2M for the Territory Business Centre to provide business advice and licence information $0.79M to Tourism Top End for visitor information services in Darwin, and marketing and industry engagement activities for Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and ArnhemLand $0.51M to operate the Berrimah Farm Research Facility Safer Communities $249.5M to provide police, fire and emergency services in the Darwinregion including twopolice stations, threefire stations, one volunteer group (fire and emergency) and a police college and forensic laboratory $3.4M to provide assessment, monitoring and supervision services to communitybased clients in the Darwin and Casuarina regions in line with sentences and orders issued by the courts and the ParoleBoard $1.96M for investment in supported accommodation, treatment and program centres for residential and outreach adult offenders $1.46M for the expansion of education, training programs and community work opportunities for adult offenders $1.35M for the development and implementation of reform initiatives in correctional services $1.07M for offender management $0.84M for the Family Support Centre Better Schooling $141.6M for primary school education in government and nongovernment schools $67.2M for middle years education in government and nongovernment schools $63.7M for senior years education and Vocational Education and Training in government and nongovernment schools $10.9M for preschool education in government and nongovernment schools $10.36M to provide schoolbuses and special needs transport for students $9.6M for tertiary education in government schools $4.1M for early childhood programs including Families as FirstTeachers $2.8M to fund isolated student education through distance education $2.4M for the Back to School vouchers of $150 $0.5M for international education in government schools Better Health $518.3M for acute care services including patient travel, road and aeromedical retrieval transport services $350.6M for nonacute health and community services to the region

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