Migrate for business

Now is an ideal time to start a business in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) or move your business to the NT.

Australia is one of the world’s top 20 economies and Asia is becoming the world’s economic powerhouse.

The NT is the closest part of Australia to Asia and will benefit greatly as Asian economies keep growing and needing more goods and services.

Take a closer look at the NT to understand what it has to offer so you can identify potential partners and capitalise on future opportunities.

You can find out more about migration for business people, investors and self-funded retirees, get an economic overview or access the Northern Territory’s investment portal

Migration for business people, investors and self-funded retirees

If you are interested in starting a business, investing or retiring in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) you should contact the NT Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

The NT Government can nominate eligible overseas business people and investors for all of the Australian Government’s Business Innovation and Investment visas.

To be eligible for the majority of these visas you will need a nomination from an Australian state government, such as the NT Government.

Here are some business visa options that could suit you.

  • Business Talent (Subclass 132) visa
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) visa - includes the Significant Investor and Premium Investor visa streams
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) (Subclass 888) visa
  • Investor Retirement (Subclass 405) visa.

The Australian Government's Visa Finder can help you find the right visa.

MINT program

The Migration Innovation Northern Territory (MINT) program is an initiative owned by the Darwin Innovation Hub and Paspalis Asset Management which assists overseas nationals with obtaining Australian permanent residency, if they have demonstrated commitment to being involved in the Darwin Innovation Hub.

The Northern Territory Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation assists participants registered as part of the MINT program with concessions to normal requirements to access Northern Territory Government nomination.

Concessions include:

  • priority processing
  • consideration of a wider range of occupations than listed on the NT Migration Occupation List
  • opportunity to obtain a permanent residency visa instead of a provisional visa
  • age and English concessions for those applying for a subclass 132 or subclass 188 visa.

All participants of the MINT program must continue to satisfy mandatory Australian Government requirements for the visa they are applying for.

For further information on the MINT program go to the Darwin Innovation Hub website