Group of four men and a women standing in a workshopAustralia’s Northern Territory is set to become the centre of opportunity for northern Australia. There are around 14 000 active businesses in Australia’s Northern Territory, and the vast majority are classed as small and medium enterprises with fewer than 150 employees.

The biggest business sectors are mining, agriculture, tourism, construction and public administration. Mining accounts for a quarter of the Northern Territory’s gross state product.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation can assist business owners at all stages of their business development - getting started, licensing requirements, skills development, business growth mentoring, energy audits and an array of financial incentives and support.

The Business Upskills program offers a range of fully funded workshops for new and established businesses in the Northern Territory. The government funded Worker Attraction Program also assists local businesses looking for skilled workers, looking to sponsor a worker or looking to access a candidate portal - the Territory Worker Database.

Useful links to support local businesses

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