The Ministerial Forum on Northern Development met in Kununurra today.
The forum provides leadership on the collaborative agenda to unlock northern Australia’s potential and build a stronger northern economy.
Read the Forum Communiqué.
The Australian Government will amend the investment mandate of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to increase its flexibility and improve its potential to support projects in northern Australia.
The Australian Government will deliver another $160 million to seal and widen priority sections of the iconic Outback Way, taking its total commitment to the route to $330 million.
The Ministerial Forum on Northern Development is meeting in Kununurra, in the far north west of Western Australia today.
It is the second meeting of the forum and brings together Ministerial representatives from the Australian, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments.
Farming of native freshwater prawns—known locally as cherabin—is to receive a boost through an Australian Government grant announced today through the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia.
Government, business and Indigenous leaders from across northern Australia are meeting in Kununurra in the far north west of Western Australia today and tomorrow.
Their discussions are focussed on infrastructure and business development in the north, including in tourism and involving Indigenous communities.
The fifth meeting of the Northern Australia Biosecurity Framework Reference Group took place on 5 April 2018 in Sydney.
The meeting heard updates on projects which benefit farmers, communities and the environment across northern Australia including:
The new Industry Insights report from the Office of the Chief Economist shows northern Australia’s strongest economic growth has been in its cities and mining centres.
Two important northern Australia research projects will be looking for solutions to serious food and agribusiness challenges in 2018, with support from Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) grants.
The Menzies School of Health Research has announced funding for 13 new researchers and research projects to work on the north’s most pressing health issues in 2018—the second year of its HOT NORTH program.
The new Indigenous Reference Group has met to discuss opportunities to enhance Indigenous participation in the government’s developing northern Australia agenda.
Entrepreneurial and investment-ready northern Australian businesses are showcasing projects and business opportunities in Cairns this week.
They will connect with more than 200 global investors—representing 25 countries—at the Northern Australia Investment Forum from 19–21 November to pitch their high-potential and early-stage projects.
Support for seven new collaborative research projects totalling $13.9 million has been announced to unlock northern Australia’s business potential.
The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy have announced the project recipients. The successful projects are:
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce has released the 2017 Implementation Report on the Our North, Our Future, White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.
The report highlights the achievements and progress being made in supporting the north’s business and economic growth.
As part of the Northern Australia Roads Programme, works are underway on a $25 million project to replace seven ageing culverts on the Flinders Highway between Charters Towers and Richmond, which will improve this key freight route’s reliability.
The Indigenous Rangers Program is creating employment opportunities for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people. Ithas provided around 2,500 jobs in 114 groups across Australia, with 69 of these groups now performing biosecurity surveillance, thanks to a $12.4 million boost in funding by the Australian Government.
A new biosecurity hub will be built in Darwin as part of an $8 million joint project by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments to guard against foreign pests and diseases.
The Ministerial Forum on Northern Development held its inaugural meeting in Darwin today, attended by Ministerial representatives from the Federal Government and the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Barnaby Joyce, visited the Tiwi Islands today and met with the rangers to hear about their long and proud history of caring for their country.
The Northern Australia Advisory Council, a cross-section of stakeholders to advise on contemporary issues affecting northern Australia, met in Townsville on 20 July 2017.
The Office of the Chief Economist has released the June 2017 edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly, updating the outlook for Australia’s resource and energy production and exports out to 2018–19.
The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia identified a range of opportunities for the region. Yet despite these advantages, the region faces some challenges.
The Northern Australia Strategic Partnership met on 8 June 2017 to reaffirm their commitment to the northern development agenda. The Partnership is chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia and the first ministers from the three northern jurisdictions.
Due to the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the closing date for all applications for CRC for Developing Northern Australia Project grants has been extended.
The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia Project Funding Round supports short term industry-led research collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services which address industry problems in northern Australia in the areas of:
The Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council signed Australia's first City Deal for Townsville on 9 December 2016.
The Townsville City Deal will focus on improving the lives of Townsville residents through job creation, economic growth, investment in local infrastructure, a revitalised urban centre, and a more vibrant and liveable city.
From 19 November 2016, Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) holders who work for three months in northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing will be eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa. The new arrangements will encourage Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa holders to travel and work across northern Australia.
In a joint media announcement with the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care and Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia announced the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin were awarded the Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Program.
The Australian Government is developing northern Australia and improving the economic outlook with priority road upgrades announced today.
As of today a total $700 million has been committed under the Northern Australia Roads Programme and Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme.
On 11 October 2016, Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia announced the appointment of the new Cairns based CEO for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).
On 11 October, Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia delivered the Annual Statement to Parliament on the progress of implementing the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future.
In a joint media release Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells have annouced the $2 million grant has been awarded to Darwin’s Menzies School of Health Research to advance research into the prevention, detection and treatment of multi-drug resistant malaria and TB.
The September issue of northern Australia statistics from the Office of the Chief Economist has been released
The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) was established on 1 July 2016. Read about the NAIF’s vacant positions.
The second meeting of Northern Australia Biosecurity Framework Reference Group was held on 29 June 2016.
The final report of the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce was released on 4 March 2016. The Taskforce was asked to consider the feasibility of options to lower insurance premiums in areas subject to high cyclone risk and to make policy recommendations.
On 22 February 2016, the Australian Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia tabled its report, entitled Scaling Up, on aquaculture in northern Australia. Chaired by the Hon Warren Entsch MP, the Committee examined the current state of aquaculture in northern Australia, the regulatory framework, and opportunities for further developing the industry in the region.
On 18 February 2016, Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan was sworn in as Minister for Northern Australia. Minister Canavan will support the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia to deliver his responsibilities for northern Australia.
A total of 54 applications have been received as part of the current round of feasibility funding under the Australian Government's $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, which closed for applications on 21 January 2016.
The Major Project Approvals Agency in Darwin has been opened. It will service major projects across the Northern Territory and make investing in Australia’s north easier.
The release of this new series will coincide with a new campaign to be launched early in 2016 by Tourism Australia aimed at promoting Australia’s aquatic and coastal experiences.