Joint management involves a partnership in which the Northern Territory Government, represented by the Parks and Wildlife Commission works together with Aboriginal Traditional Owners to manage parks.
Responsibility and decision-making is shared so that:
- the natural and cultural heritage of parks is conserved
- visitor enjoyment and other public benefits are provided
- Traditional Owners' benefit and their interests are taken into account.
Joint management began in the Territory in 1981 with the creation of the Cobourg National Park (now Garig Gunak Barlu). Nitmiluk National Park followed in 1989. The Territory is now a partner with Aboriginal Traditional Owners in managing 32 parks and reserves across the Territory.