Selena Uibo, Minister for Health 


The Territory Government is bolstering capacity at Royal Darwin Hospital with the construction tender awarded for a new 32 bed modular ward. 
Local Territory company Aspire has been awarded the $18.2 million contract to design and construct this new facility. 
Construction will begin in the coming months with the new ward expected to commence operations from mid-2025. The intention is for the ward to be built using off site construction methods, which will assist to speed-up the construction and reduce disruption to staff, patients and the community.
The new multipurpose ward will increase the number of beds available in the public hospital system, helping to improve patient flow and ease capacity pressures with agile capabilities to provide care for bariatric, renal and general patients. 

The Territory Government is prioritising improving hospital capacity for Territorians through $107 million under Budget 2024 for continuing works for infrastructure upgrades at Royal Darwin Hospital, including:

  • $25 million to expand the mental health inpatient unit
  • $22.6 million to upgrade the forensic mortuary, pathology and bereavement facility
  • $6.6 million to establish the mental health stabilisation assessment and referral area unit

Budget 2024 will see $2.2 billion invested in health services across the Territory including a new 120 bed aged care facility in Palmerston, and a new $20 million health centre in Borroloola, along with support for every other region in the Territory. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Selena Uibo:
“The Territory Labor Government is investing in health in Budget 2024. 
“We acknowledge bed capacity is a challenge the Territory health system, and this is why we are investing in infrastructure that can is fit for purpose for Territorians. Local company Aspire will deliver the new modular ward at RDH. 
“Our $2.2 billion 2024 Health Budget means Territorians will have top quality facilities and services in both urban and remote areas across the Territory.
“The new modular ward will improve care for Territorians across the board, as Royal Darwin Hospital is the major hospital for the Top End. It will also help ease pressure for emergency health care.”