Defence, NT government strike deal to house Australian, international military personnel at Darwin's Howard Springs facility

The Northern Territory facility that gained national prominence as the "gold standard" for quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic will be used to house thousands of troops form both Australia and overseas under a new lease agreement struck by the federal and NT governments.

The 3,500 bed former COVID-19 quarantine facility will be used to house thousands of military personnel from Australia and overseas under a new five-year deal between the federal and NT governments.

The first large cohort to be housed at the facility — 1,300 troops from Australia and international partner nations taking part in Exercise Talisman Sabre — is due to arrive later this month.

"The importance of this facility is it will take pressure of the local accommodation market during a crucial time for the NT tourism season, and that will ensure that there's more beds for tourists to come to."