Northern Territory

14 May 2021 - Special note:


Nganmarriyanga, temporary name change. To be referred to as Palumpa


The community has advised that the word Nganmarriyanga is not to be used, written or spoken, out of respect for a senior elder who has passed away. Palumpa is to be used as an alternative and the community will advise when this is no longer necessary.

Australia's Top End Diocese is the Diocese of Darwin. The Diocese covers a huge area that stretches from the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Northern South Australia to the Tiwi Islands, which lay off the coast of Darwin.  The Diocese is home to more than 11,000 Aboriginal Catholics. According to the most recent census, 20% of all Indigenous people in the Northern Territory identify as Catholic.


For a summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Statistics drawn from the 2016 Census, please click here.


NATSICC Councillor for the Northern Territory

 Dean Chisholm

Dean Chisholm is of Aboriginal decent, a proud husband and a father of 5 children, 2 grandsons and a discerning Deacon with the Catholic Church. He has been brought up in a loving environment with strict family values and his family is from Central Australia Arrente country.


"We have been taught to respect others, their values, to understand and value our Aboriginal heritage as well our European side."


Dean has extensive knowledge and understanding of the environment and Aboriginal Cultures, and the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders. He is passionate about human rights, Indigenous issues, and helping to break down generational trauma to create strong families and positive pathways for future generations.


Contact Dean at

Northern Territory Aboriginal Resources and links

Many communities in the Northern Territory would consider themselves 'Catholic Communities' where the Parish serves as the hub. We have compiled a contact list of Parishes as well as Aboriginal Community contacts should you wish to make contact in your travels through the territory. Additionally, if you live in the NT, you will find the contact details for the Parish Priests useful.


Click here for the list of Northern Territory Aboriginal Catholic Parishes and Organisations.

Upcoming Events

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Previous Events and News

Vale Deacon Boniface

March 26, 2019

On 18 March 2019, much loved and respected Wadeye Elder Deacon Boniface passed away. NATSICC has created a tribute page with quotes, transcripts and photos so that he remains a source of inspiration for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout the Diocese of Darwin and beyond. Click here to access the tribute page.


In 2016 Deacon Boniface celebrated his 80th Birthday - click here for the full story

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069   |   | 08 8363 2963


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