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Our Chief Executive

Rod Applegate

Rod was appointed to the position of Chief Executive, Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment, on 6 March 2015.

Prior to this, Rod was the Chief Executive of the Department of Land Resource Management from September 2012 to March 2015. In this position he was able to exercise his extensive experience and wealth of knowledge in the area of natural resource management in the Northern Territory gained over 35 years to drive economic development.

From 2010–2012, Rod was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister where he was responsible for whole of government coordination, strategy formulation, major project facilitation and improved agency performance.

Rod previously worked at the Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive levels in the lands and planning area of this department between 2004–2009 where he was responsible for the delivery of lands, transport and building operational and regulatory services.

Rod graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons); has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) from Mt Eliza Business School; is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a graduate of ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program.


Postal Address

Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment
GPO Box 1680
Darwin NT 0801


5th Floor
Energy House
18-20 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

General Enquiries Ph: (08) 8999 5511

Please Note: The government switch is (08) 8999 5511.
Unless stated otherwise, business hours are 8:00am - 4.21pm Monday to Friday.

International callers: If you are calling from outside Australia you will need to dial your local International Dialling Code first, followed by the Australian Country Code (61), then the number listed without the leading 0.