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Excluded Communities

In addition to the following excluded communities there are currently travel and mask restrictions in place for some parts of the Territory.  More information

You cannot travel to an excluded community unless you are a resident of that community or an essential worker for the purpose of work.

To enter you must have a negative Rapid Antigen Test the day of travel and before you enter community.

Excluded communities are designated as more vulnerable because of their current vaccination rates.

Excluded communities are communities that have a full vaccination rate of less than 80 per cent for residents aged 5 years and over.

Exceptions for Gove Peninsula

If you are a resident of an exclusion zone within the Gove Peninsula (including Yirrkala and Gunyangara), you can travel within the Gove Peninsula area without getting a Rapid Antigen Test. However, if you go outside the Gove Peninsula area of the pink lines on the map (whether to Darwin or to Katherine for instance), you must have a Rapid Antigen Test before you re-enter an exclusion zone within the Gove Peninsula.

If you are an essential worker who lives in Nhulunbuy but travels to exclusion zones within the Gove Peninsula area for essential work (including Yirrkala and Gunyangara), you must have a Rapid Antigen Test every three days, starting on the day that you first enter an exclusion zone. If you go outside the Gove Peninsula (whether to Darwin or to Gapuwiyak for example), you must have a Rapid Antigen Test before you re-enter an exclusion zone within the Gove Peninsula.

Excluded Communities by region

Excluded communities by region - map

Towns and Localities

Download areas defined by geocentric datum PDF (666.5 KB)

ALI CURUNG (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

ALPURRURULAM (Locality)

AMPILATWATJA (Locality)

AREYONGA (Locality)

ARLPARRA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

ATITJERE (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

BARUNGA (Locality)

BESWICK (Locality)

BULMAN (Locality)

CANTEEN CREEK (Town)

CANTEEN CREEK (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

DAGARAGU (Locality)

ENGAWALA (Locality)

GAPUWIYAK (Locality)

GALIWINKU (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

GUNBALANYA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

GUNYANGARA (Locality)

HAASTS BLUFF (Locality

HERMANNSBURG (Locality)

IMANPA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

JILKMINGGAN (Locality)

KALKARINDJI (Locality)

KALTUKATJARA (Locality)

KINTORE (Locality)

LAJAMANU (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

LARAMBA (Locality)

LAYNHUPUY HOMELANDS (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

MANINGRIDA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

MANYALLALUK (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

MILINGIMBI (Locality)

MINJILANG (Locality)

MINYERRI (Locality)

MOUNT LIEBIG (Locality)

MUTITJULU (Locality)

NAUIYU (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

NGANMARRIYANGA (Locality)

NGUKURR (Locality)

NYIRRIPI (Locality)

ORRTIPA-THURRA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

PAPUNYA (Locality)

PEPPIMENARTI (Locality)

PMARA JUTUNTA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

RAMINGINING (Locality)

RITTARANGU (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

ROBINSON RIVER (Locality)

SANTA TERESA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

TARA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

TITJIKALA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

TOWN OF ELLIOTT (Town)

TOWN OF FINKE (Town)

TOWN OF TI TREE (Town)

UTOPIA HOMELANDS

WADEYE (Locality)

WALLACE ROCKHOLE (Locality)

WARRUWI (Locality)

WATARRKA communities – ULPANYALI (NT Portion 2426),

WILLOWRA (Locality)

WILORA (Locality)

WUTUNUGURRA (please refer to PDF (666.5 KB) for geographical areas)

YARRALIN (Locality)

YIRRKALA (Locality)

YUELAMU (Locality)

YUENDUMU (Locality)

  • Mandatory mask wearing

    A mask mandate is in place for the entire Northern Territory.

    The mandate means all people aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask while inside a premises, vehicle or vessel and where they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5m from other people.

    You do not have to wear a mask:

    • If you are under the age of 12 years or attending primary school
    • When eating or drinking
    • While exercising or playing sport
    • If you are a teacher, educator or child care worker undertaking teaching or child care activities
    • If you are alone in a vehicle
    • If you are communicating with a person that is hearing impaired
    • If you have a physical or mental health illness or disability that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable

    Information on wearing masks

  • A mask mandate is in place for the entire Northern Territory.

    The mandate means all people aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask while inside a premises, vehicle or vessel and where they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5m from other people.

    You do not have to wear a mask:

    • If you are under the age of 12 years or attending primary school
    • When eating or drinking
    • While exercising or playing sport
    • If you are a teacher, educator or child care worker undertaking teaching or child care activities
    • If you are alone in a vehicle
    • If you are communicating with a person that is hearing impaired
    • If you have a physical or mental health illness or disability that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • Excluded communities are communities that have a full vaccination rate of less than 80 per cent for residents aged 5 years and over.

    See remote community vaccination data

  • If you remain in or on the vehicle and you travel directly through the community, you do not need to supply a negative RAT.

    If you leave the vehicle for any reason you must wear a mask in that community.

  • A number of NT Rapid Antigen Testing and Distribution Points have been established to assist people to get their test.

    Testing officers will be on site to provide support for people who have questions about the test, provide assistance for people to complete the test and to interpret results.

    Rapid Antigen Test kits can also be collected from these locations so that they can be completed at home or work.

    More information about Rapid antigen tests, testing clinics and distribution centres

  • The August 2021 suspension of all Northern Land Council permits for non-essential workers continues as part of the NLC’s response to the surge of Covid 19 across the NLC region.

    Non-residents must have permission from the relevant land council to go into their communities for any reason, including work.

    You may only enter Aboriginal Land if: *

    All returning residents should follow the NT government’s directions on testing and isolation.

    If you are already on Aboriginal land and returning home by the most direct route, you must do so without any direct contact with local people.

    The NLC fully supports the mask mandate across the NT and requires that all approved essential workers must be vaccinated, tested prior to entry and mask up in communities for 7 days after arrival, especially those returning from holidays or other recent travel.

    You should check with the relevant land council to make sure you have the right kind of permission to go into their community or Aboriginal land.

    Find out more at the NLC websiteCLC website or  ALC website .

  • Persons wanting to access Aboriginal Land in the Tiwi Islands outside of the listed townships, and who do not meet the requirements of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, must apply for a permit from the Tiwi Land Council.

    Find out more at the Tiwi Land Council