About Relationships Australia NT
Relationships Australia Northern Territory is a community-based, not-for-profit, non-government organisation providing services to all members of the community. We employ experienced and qualified professional staff to provide counselling to individuals, couples and families to enhance, maintain or where necessary, manage changes in their relationships.
Respectful Relationships can empower people to belong, connect and have meaning and confidence to meet the challenges of our time.
To embrace and improve individual, family and community wellbeing through our supportive, professional and culturally appropriate counselling, mediation and family meetings.
Our organisation is built on values of integrity, excellence, respect, social justice, diversity and indigenous cultural knowledge.
Respect: Respecting the rights of individuals, families, stakeholders, our clients and our employees, to make informed choices.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Supportive two-way learning to strengthen our services, by embracing culturally innovative service provision and employment for First Nations people.
Integrity: Providing services which are appropriate, supportive to client and community needs and which adhere to the highest ethical standards.
Social Justice: Promoting and pursuing a society which is equitable and inclusive.
Excellence: Pursuing excellence through critical and continuous reflection, professional and organisational development, best practice and innovation.
Diversity: Advocating inclusiveness to all regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, disability, religion and any other unique talent.
From its inception as the Marriage Guidance Council in 1973, the organisation has grown, evolved and diversified to become Relationships Australia NT as it is known today.
The Marriage Guidance Council was funded by the Cyclone Tracy Relief for Darwin and the Betting Control Board funds. The original Council solely provided marriage counselling, with only three staff members; a director, a staff counsellor and a secretary who collectively provided services to the greater Darwin area.
In the 45 years that Relationships Australia NT has been operating it has undergone significant growth and diversification to service the needs of its Territory clients.
We now employ more than sixty people in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tiwi Islands, with outreach to remote communities. Included in our staff are a number of Aboriginal and Islander Cultural Advisors who serve the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in a culturally appropriate way. People who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander represent 29% of the organisation’s clients and staff. 11% of our clients are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.