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.
Resources and energy quarterly is an important publication providing:
an overview of the global macroeconomic situation
Developing northern Australia
The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia identified a range of opportunities for the region. Yet despite these advantages, the region faces some challenges.Office of the Chief Economist – An economic overview of northern Australia - Full document
Joint media release with Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MLA, Northern Territory Chief Minister, the Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Western Australia Premier and Minister for Public Sector Management, State Development, Jobs and Trade and Federal-State Relations, the Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA
Important update: Due to the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the closing date for all applications to the CRC for Developing Northern Australia Proje
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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.Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet - Townsville City Deal and Snapshot
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.http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-
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. To read the full media release click the link below:Joint Media Release
The Turnbull-Joyce 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 (NARP) and Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme.New funding for roads in Northern Australia
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).
To read the full media release, click the link below.Cairns-based CEO appointed to Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
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.
The September issue of northern Australia statistics from the Office of the Chief Economist.
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.Supporting regional collaboration on tropical disease research
The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) was established on 1 July 2016.Current Vacancies
The second meeting of Northern Australia Biosecurity Framework Reference Group held on 29 June 2016.
For further information please see the website and communique below.Northern Australia Biosecurity Framework Reference Group
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.Link to Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce Report
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.Inquiry into Opportunities for Expanding Aquaculture in Northern Australia
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.Statement from Matt Canavan
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.First funding round for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund closed
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.One-stop-shop for major project approvals in Australia’s north
On 18 December 2015 the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, announced the new Office of Northern Australia (ONA) headquarters in Darwin.New headquarters for Office of Northern Australia
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.Great Barrier Reef to star in global TV series