For Territorians

For Territorians

Having been a part of the Northern Territory for over 36 years, it’s important to us that we continue to support the communities in which we also live and work in. That includes making sure our communities are prepared for any weather event that comes their way.

Through our sponsorships and events, we also celebrate our passion for sport, help build stronger communities and provide opportunities for our young people to succeed.

For Territorians

Free SMS Severe
Weather Alerts

Be prepared this wet season with SMS or e-mail alerts


Sponsorship and Community Events

Out and about across the Territory

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Preparing for the
Wet Season

The things you need to know to be prepared for the wet season

Get Prepared

New to the Territory

The information you need to know about living in the Territory

Useful Help
Storm Northern Territory

Weather Alerts

The Northern Territory can be a place of extreme weather conditions. While we immediately think of cyclones, floods and fires, let’s not forget about the severe storms that can affect our everyday lives.

That is why we have introduced TIO SMS Weather Alerts. These alerts are tailored to your postcode so you receive advanced warning giving you the opportunity to secure loose items, reducing the potential impact on your home and property.

Register for Weather Alerts

Sponsorship and Community Events

Part of the community

We just don’t talk about being part of the community, as we’re out there most weekends either volunteering, supporting our families and friends sporting activities or enjoying the diverse community events happening throughout the year.

We love the outdoors and why wouldn’t we…there’s always something happening.

For the past 25 years, TIO has sponsored the AFL football leagues in both Darwin and Alice Springs (NTFL and CAFL). In 2016, we were one of the founding sponsors of the TIO Women’s Lightning Series. TIO recognise the role of women in the sport, not just as elite players,
but as umpires, administrators and training staff.

We also sponsor the major stadiums in Darwin and Alice Springs - TIO Stadium and TIO Traeger Park. These stadiums not only support local NTFL and CAFL games, but are a focal point for community events and activities, as well as hosting major sporting and cultural events.

But it’s not all about sport.

For the past three years, TIO has supported the Careflight TIO Rescue Helicopter. We understand that given the vast area the Territory covers (over 1.35million kms), the rapid medical response capability of the helicopter makes a significant difference to the lives of Territorians.

In addition, TIO has also supported the NT Young Achiever Awards for over 22 years. This program recognises those who demonstrate leadership, capability and passion across business, community, environment, industry and sport. It’s through these attributes that will help our young leaders secure the Territory’s future.

For further information about TIO’s sponsorship and community events program email:

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Current cyclone information

There is a current Cyclone Warning for Cape Shield, in the Northern Territory, to Burketown, in Queensland, including Groote Eylandt and Mornington Island.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology for more information about this alert:

Please note: Due to the current cyclone warning we may be unable to provide any new insurance cover or increase existing insurance cover for properties in the watch areas.

If you have arranged a new insurance policy or upgraded an existing policy recently, please remember that a waiting period of 72 hours applies for loss or damage due to cyclone, storm surge and flood.

Cyclone warning

** A cyclone warning is issued for an area if gales or strong winds are expected within 24 hours.

These warning messages include an estimate of how strong the cyclone is, including its category and any storm surge threat.

Once a cyclone warning is issued you should do all of the following:

Preparing for the Wet Season in the Top EndIt’s important when living in the Top End that you plan ahead and prepare for the wet season, which runs from October to April.
We are impacted by severe storms, cyclones, floods and storm surges. Two to three cyclones form in our region each wet season and when they hit land, it’s important that you have an emergency plan in place and a cyclone kit to sustain you and your family for up to three days.
TIO has developed a cyclone guide in conjunction with the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES). The guide helps you to plan ahead to reduce the risk of injury and damage to yourself, family and property.

Home and Garden

Video about Preparing your Home and Garden for Wet season


Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit Video for Wet Season


Home security: Protect your home

  • Lock your doors – even when you’re at home
  • Don’t keep your car keys in an obvious/ accessible place (ie directly inside your unlocked front door)
  • Don’t make it easy to hide around your property - cut back bushes and trees
  • Fit security screens, locks and deadbolts to your property. A sliding door can have a steel bar placed into the ruts for added security.
  • Don’t keep valuable items inside your vehicle
  • Make sure you remove the garage remote from your vehicle as this can give an intruder easy access to your house
  • Install motion sensor lights within your yard
  • If you’re away, ask a neighbour to collect mail and put the rubbish bin out
  • Don’t advertise purchases by leaving belongings in plain sight from the road
  • Timers are useful to turn lights on when you’re not at home
  • Leave a spare key with a neighbour – not hidden under your door mat
  • Install an alarm system
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • If you’re going away, notify your local police
  • Park wisely – use secure off street parking or park in well-lit areas

What to do after a major weather event

After the severe weather has past, the most important thing to do is look after yourself, your friends and your family. You are still required to follow the advice of emergency services, they encourage you not to go sightseeing as the clean-up process will be beginning.

What to do after a serious weather event:

  • Listen to the local radio for official warnings and advice
  • Don’t go outside until advised officially that it is safe. If you need to go outside, beware of fallen powerlines, damaged buildings and trees, and flooded water courses
  • Check for gas leaks and avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding or water damage. Have a professional conduct a thorough inspection first
  • If you had to evacuate, don’t go home until advised. Use the route recommended and stay calm
  • Don’t ignore warnings and don’t go sightseeing, stay where you are if it’s safe
  • Check on neighbours, render assistance if necessary
  • Don’t make unneccesary telephone calls
  • Always assume downed powerlines are live and lethal
  • Contact your insurer at the earliest opportunity to lodge your claim. To make an online claim with TIO click here
  • Before disposing of any items; photograph and make a list of damaged items including make, model and age of item
  • You can commence clean-up including removal of rubbish ONLY if it is safe to do so. Make sure you wear gloves and closed-in shoes to avoid injury and illness
  • Conduct any vital repairs ONLY if it is safe to do so
  • Keep documents and invoices for any emergency costs incurred

If you require assistance from Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) please contact 132 500 for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones.

Things to avoid:

  • If you believe the property may have asbestos do not attempt any cleaning or repairs
  • Do not undertake any repairs which may not be safe or that require a professional (Eg climbing onto roof, electrical work)

New to the Northern TerritoryWelcome to the Territory, we know it can be a little daunting settling into your new hometown. So we’ve listed a few things you need to know about, as well as the important stuff, like where to find great coffee.

Motor Vehicle Registration

Registration for vehicles in the Northern Territory is done through your local Motor Vehicle Registration Office. Registration can be completed online, over the telephone, through the MVR app or in person at an MVR office.

Offices are located in Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Yulara, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Jabiru and Tennant Creek. Click here for a full list of MVR offices.

If you are new to the Territory, you must change over your registration within three months of arrival. Heavy fines apply for non-registered vehicles and the driver and/or owner of the vehicle will lose access to Motor Accidents Compensation if they are injured in an accident involving a non-registered vehicle.

You must also change your driver’s licence to an NT one within three months of moving to the Territory.


Power and Water services

Power and water services are provided by the Power and Water Corporation. Water is billed directly through Power and Water, while electricity is managed through retailer Jacana Energy.



Pets are generally not allowed in parks and reserves in the Territory.

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If you do have a dog, there are some great dog parks around the Darwin and Palmerston area.

Most Darwin Council parks, reserves and beaches are `off-lead dog exercise areas' as long as the dogs are supervised and under effective control. Please be aware dogs are banned at East Point Reserve, in the Mall and at markets such as the Mindil, Rapid Creek, Parap and Nightcliff Markets.

In Palmerston, the Marlow Lagoon dog park is fantastic, includes an obstacle course, plenty of space for your dogs to run and a lagoon for swimming – though you need to be mindful during the wet season, as every now and then, a croc turns up in the lagoon. Park Rangers are quick into action when that happens.

Marlow Lagoon Pet Park

Territory Day and fireworks

Territorians celebrate Territory Day on 1 July each year, marking the anniversary of the Northern Territory gaining self-Government in 1978.

In addition to more ceremonial activities, it is the one day of the year when you can buy and let off fireworks across the NT. People spend thousands of dollars on fireworks and the suburbs become a battle zone for the few short hours when they can legally be set off.

Pets and very young children can be frightened by the noise, which can be distressing for those who have never been through a “cracker night” before.

Many people choose to attend one of the many free organised fireworks displays which are held right across the NT.


Where to find great coffee and food

If you’re looking for information about Darwin’s restaurants and cafes, check out Darwin Foodies – self-proclaimed group of food fanatics documenting their culinary journey across the city. It’s a great guide to what’s on offer and where to find it.