Northern Territory Legal Services list

The Northern Territory Government obtains some of its legal services from private legal service providers under the Northern Territory Legal Services List (NTLSL). 

The NTLSL is managed by the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice (AGD) through its Legal Services Coordination unit.

The NTLSL commenced on 1 October 2014.

The NTLSL comprises law firms and practitioners who have been pre-qualified to provide legal services to the Northern Territory Government in selected categories of law. The NTG can select any firm on the NTLSL to provide legal services to government in their selected category.

NTLSL new applications

The NTLSL is open for new applications at any time. Legal service providers interested in applying for inclusion on the NTLSL should download the attached documents, which explain the NTLSL and detail how to make an application:

Part 1
Important Information and Guidance for Applicants (Version 2) (11 September 2014) (177.5 kb)
Important Information and Guidance for Applicants (Version 2) (11 September 2014) (137.5 kb) 

Part 2
Application for Inclusion Form (Version 2) (11 September 2014) (291.5 kb)
Application for Inclusion Form (Version 2) (11 September 2014) (115.1 kb) 

Part 3
NTLSL Deed (Version 2) (11 September 2014) (469.5 kb)
NTLSL Deed (Version 2) (11 September 2014) (314.9 kb) 
 
New applicants may also wish to review answers to questions asked during the initial tender process in September 2014. 

These questions were answered through Addenda issued under the Tender, which can be found on the Northern Territory Legal Services list: historical information.

Current NTLSL providers

The list of current providers on the NTLSL is updated as new applicants are approved for inclusion.

NTLSL current providers (84.2 kb)

Changes and updates to NTLSL

18.11.14
A letter was sent to firms on the NTLSL advising of changes to invoicing requirements. A copy of the letter can be found here.

InvoiceNTG can be accessed on the InvoiceNTG website.

01.10.14 The NTLSL documents were first released for public tender on 25 August 2014. Apart from minor changes made via addendum documents issued under that tender, no changes have been made to the NTLSL documents or manner of operation since that time.

Current copies of the NTLSL documents are in accordance with the tender documents (as amended by the addenda).

Historical information, and historical copies of NTLSL related documents, including the public tender documents, can be found here.

Role of AGD Legal Services Coordination

AGD seeks to achieve the following outcomes in managing outsourced legal services for government:

  • the provision of quality advice, representation and documentation to client agencies in a timely manner
  • value for money
  • efficiency in the NTLSL matter order process
  • innovation in service delivery and / or costing.

Legal Services Coordination within the legal services division of AGD takes an active role in managing the process by which legal services are provided to government by:

  • assessing applications for inclusion on the NTLSL
  • requesting quotations for matters and issuing orders for new matters
  • providing case management
  • scrutinising billing where required
  • monitoring service quality through the conduct of performance reviews
  • collecting and reporting on statistical information.

Contact details 

All inquiries regarding the NTLSL should be made to:

Email:
LegalServices.SFNT@nt.gov.au

Postal Address:
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
NTLSL
GPO Box 1722
Darwin NT 0801

Street Address:
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
NTLSL
Level 3, Old Admiralty House Towers
68 The Esplanade
Darwin NT 0800

Telephone:
08 8935 7847

Facsimile:
08 8935 7828

NTLSL Manager:
Denise Southwood, Manager

Current NT legislation database

You can search any of the following: 

NTG Procurement Framework

The Northern Territory Government's Procurement Framework can be viewed on the Northern Territory Government website.

Disposal Schedule

Pursuant to the requirements of Part 9 of the Information Act and the NTLSL, law firms providing legal service to the Northern Territory Government are required to comply with the authorised Disposal Schedule for Records of the Attorney-General’s Department No. 2000/7 (AG) relating to Legal Services. 

If you have any questions in relation to the Disposal Schedule, please contact the Records Manager on 8935 7627.

Model Litigant Policy

Pursuant to the NTLSL (in particular, clause 12 of the Deed), law firms providing legal service to the Northern Territory Government are required to comply with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory’s Model Litigant Policy.

Model Litigant Policy (52.6 kb)
Model Litigant Policy (95.8 kb)

Last updated: 28 April 2017