Barkly is divided into three sub-regions:

  • Barkly North
  • Barkly South
  • Tennant Creek (municipality)

Major Communities

NamePopulationResource Centre
Tennant Creek3220Tennant Creek Town Council
Elliott452Elliott District Community Government Council

Minor Communities

NameResource Centre
Newcastle WatersElliott District Community School
MarlinjaBarkly Shire Council
LikkapartaJulalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation

Health Services in the Barkly Region


The Health Centre is managed by the NTDHF & is staffed by 2 RANs & 3 Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW). There is a visiting DMO from Tennant Creek two days per week who is also on call for phone consultations. The Health Centre may be contacted on 08 8969 2060.

NB. Always check with your RAHC consultant prior to your placement to confirm current staffing levels.

Corella Creek

The Corella Creek Health Centre is managed by the Anyinginyi Congress Aboriginal Corporation (ACAC). The ACAC is a community controlled multidisciplinary Aboriginal Health Service based in Tennant Creek. ACAC services the town area and Aboriginal communities within a 100km radius.

Languages in the Region

The below languages are present in the Barkly region. However it should be noted that as a result of colonisation, the growth of towns, and the transient nature of some Aboriginal peoples, there may be many different Aboriginal languages evident in a given area.

  • Alyawarre
  • Anmatyerre
  • Central Arrernte
  • Eastern Arrernte
  • Jingili
  • Kaititj
  • Kaytete
  • Kriol
  • Mudbarra
  • Luritja
  • Ngaanyatjarra
  • Ngaatjatjarra
  • Pintupi
  • Pitjantjatjara
  • Southern Arrernte
  • Wambaya
  • Warlpiri
  • Warnmanpa
  • Warrumungu
  • Western Arrernte
  • Yankunytjatjara
  • Wuriaki

Kriol is the contact language now spoken as a first language by most Aboriginal people across the region. Kriol is spoken in the Barkly and further north, but not generally far south of Tennant Creek.



Accommodation is provided by the NTDHF on the Health Centre campus & is a fully serviced single bedroom apartment set in the lush & secure campus gardens.

NB. Always check with your RAHC consultant prior to your placement to confirm accommodation arrangements.

Contacts and Advice in Barkly

The following organisations and contact numbers may be useful in locating sources of advice about Elliott. Care has been taken to ensure these details are correct, however unfortunately some may change or be unattended.

Elliott District Community Government Council
Stuart Hwy Elliott NT 0862
Ph: 08 8999 5511

Gurungu Council Aboriginal Corporation
North Camp Elliott NT 0862
Ph: 08 8969 2079
Manages South and North Camps and outstations.

Malinja Health Centre
Newcastle Waters via Elliott 0862
Ph: 08 8969 2060
Staff include Medical Officer, Remote Area Nurse, Aboriginal Health Worker

Barkly Shire Council
58 Peko Rd Tennant Creek
Ph: 08 8962 0000
Ali Curung 08 8964 1955
Alpurrurrulam 07 4748 4800
Arlparra 08 8956 9850
Ampilatwatja 08 8956 9966
Elliott District 08 8969 2056
Community Services 08 8962 0003
Night Patrol 08 8962 0000

Tennant Creek Town Council
Peko Rd Tennant Creek NT 0860
Ph: 08 8962 2401
[email protected]

Corella Creek
Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation

PO Box 158 Tennant Creek NT 0861
Ph: 08 8962 2699