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27 April - 4 May 2019

The Northern Territory Government is proud to introduce the Business Engagement Program which will run alongside the Arafura Games’ sporting program. A range of events exploring the Territory’s trade and investment opportunities will take place at Darwin Convention Centre. Industries explored will include agribusiness, minerals and energy, tourism, innovation, international education, health, trade, migration, and oil and gas supply and services.

Led by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, in collaboration with key Northern Territory Government departments and industry stakeholders, the Business Engagement Program is targeted at encouraging international and national investment into the Territory.

Local businesses are encouraged to register or express their interest to attend.

For more information on events and sessions, see below.

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History of trade exhibition

Cattle being loaded onto boats at Darwin wharf.

Caption: Cattle being loaded at Darwin wharf circa 1925 - Vestey’s established an export trade to Manila at about this time. PH0112/0013, Phyllis Moyle Collection, Northern Territory Library

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May 2019
Open 8am to 5pm

A new history of trade exhibition will illustrate the diverse and fascinating history of trade between the Top End of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The history of trade exhibition will showcase the commodities and industries which have been historically important to the Northern Territory.

The exhibition will be located on the concourse of level 2 of Darwin Convention Centre and open to the public during the week of the Arafura Games, from 27 April until 4 May. All welcome and entry is free.

Tourism investment forum

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Tuesday 30 April 2019
8am to 3pm

Australia’s Northern Territory is a strategic market for tourism investment. This one-day forum is well-suited to investment decision-makers, experienced advisors and industry, including owners, lawyers, lenders, developers and investment bankers.

For more information and to register your expression of interest to attend email Daryl Hudson, Director, Tourism Investment Attraction at daryl.hudson@nt.gov.au

Business migration options to create your Boundless Possible

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Tuesday 30 April 2019
8.30am to 9.30am

The Northern Territory (NT) provides a stable regulatory and investment environment with a broad range of business and investment opportunities. MigrationNT has carriage of the business and skilled migration program in the NT. In particular MigrationNT endorse, nominate and certify a number of visa categories including Business Investment and Innovation Program which is strongly supported by NT Government.

The Department of Trade Business and Innovation’s, Manager Business Migration Program will present on a range of subjects relevant to bona fide business people and investors seeking to migrate to the NT, including Australia’s migration system, MigrationNT services, benefits of migrating to the NT, and visa options for business and investment.

For more information and to register your expression of interest to attend email Pompea Sweet, Director MigrationNT at migration@nt.gov.au

The Darwin property market - current environment and outlook

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Tuesday 30 April 2019
10.30am to 11.30am

The Northern Territory Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, in conjunction with the Real Estate Institute of the NT, will discuss the current property market environment and opportunities within the greater Darwin region, and review the outlook for the medium term.

For more information email Fiona Hicks, Project Officer InvestNT at investment@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

Northern Territory minerals and energy investment opportunities lunch

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Tuesday 30 April 2019
12 noon to 2pm

A business networking lunch for investors and industry participants. The highlight of this event will be a panel discussion featuring the Northern Territory’s leading gold producers and explorers. The Northern Territory has hosted almost 150 years continuous gold production. Recent discoveries and mine expansions have led to a resurgence in exploration and interest in the sector. This event will also feature an expert presentation about present opportunities to invest in gold projects, as well as projects featuring other in-demand commodities - critical minerals, battery commodities, onshore petroleum, and fertiliser commodities.

For more information and to register your expression of interest to attend email Kate Louise Walker, Business Development Officer at resources.investment@nt.gov.au

Briefing on the Asian tourist market - SME focus

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Tuesday 30 April 2019
2pm to 3pm

Asia is emerging as the world’s centre of economic activity. With growing populations, increasing standards of living and emerging middle classes, the opportunities are numerous. The Director, NT Trade and Investment based in Singapore will brief you on the current Asian tourist market, including a general overview and outlook of the Asian economies.

For more information email Wayne Fan, Manager Trade Support at wayne.fan@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

Disaster preparedness - building capacity across the Asia-Pacific

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Tuesday 30 April 2019
3.30pm to 4.30pm

More than 16 years after the 2002 Bali bombings, Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin continues to demonstrate the importance of both geopolitical location and regional preparedness, particularly in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

The NCCTRC is well situated at Australia’s natural gateway to Asia on the periphery of the notorious ‘Ring of Fire’. Before the centre’s establishment, Darwin and the Top End figured in a number of significant national events, none less than the first of many World War II bombings on 19 February 1942; the city’s levelling by Cyclone Tracy in 1974; and the unique strategic role of accommodating a ‘tent city’ following the 1999 Timor refugee evacuation.

The decision in 2002 to use Darwin and the Royal Darwin Hospital as the retrieval, rescue, resuscitation and then repatriation hub for the more than 75 Australians injured in the Bali terrorist attack was a strategic success. This presentation will examine the north’s resilience and ongoing work to provide a regional soft-power lever in 2019.

For more information email Michelle Foster, Director Corporate and Community and International Relations, Department of Health at michelle.foster@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

Overview of trade and investment opportunities in NT agribusiness

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Wednesday 1 May 2019
9am to 10.30am

An information session showcasing the agribusiness sector in the Northern Territory (NT), and the opportunities that exist for trade and investment in the NT’s growing food and fibre sectors. To be followed by a networking morning tea, and an opportunity for personalised discussion and business matching.

For more information and to register your expression of interest to attend email Tom Ryan, Manager, Agribusiness Development at aginvest.dpir@nt.gov.au

Briefing on the Asian agribusiness market - SME focus

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Wednesday 1 May 2019
11am to 12 noon

Agribusiness in Asia is a significant growth industry. Asia is emerging as the world’s centre of economic activity. With growing populations, increasing standards of living and emerging middle classes, the need to ensure food safety and supply is extremely important. The Director, NT Trade and Investment, who is based in Singapore, will brief you on the current Asian agribusiness market, including a general overview and outlook of the Asian economies.

For more information email Wayne Fan, Manager Trade Support at wayne.fan@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

Business innovation opportunities to the Territory

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Wednesday 1 May 2019
3.30pm to 4.30pm

The Territory is Australia’s newest investment and career destination, perfectly positioned to expand in our international region, while thriving in our unique Territory lifestyle. Hear from some of our successful innovative Territory businesses who will share their innovation journey with an opportunity to ask questions to a panel of industry experts.

For more information email Ewa Finch, Senior Project Officer, Business and Innovation NT at innovation@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

Onshore gas development local industry forum

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Wednesday 1 May 2019

4pm to 5.30pm

The Chamber of Commerce NT will lead this industry discussion regarding experiences of a recent delegation to the United States (US). Participants, with the support of the Strategic Oil and Gas Industry Development unit of the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, will deliver an insight into how the Northern Territory (NT) can learn from and leverage advantage off the US industry experience, and the potential for the onshore gas industry to stimulate the NT economy and deliver benefits to other industries.

For more information email Sean Reddan, Principal Industry Development Officer, Strategic Oil and Gas Industry Development at sean.reddan@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

Unlocking your export potential - SME focus

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Thursday 2 May 2019

9am to 10am

Exporting your products and services can be a great opportunity - as long as your business is ready. This seminar will give you an overview of what your business needs in order to become export ready (includes an expert panel Q&A session).

For more information email Wayne Fan, Manager Trade Support at wayne.fan@nt.gov.au or to register go to the Eventbrite website.

International education and training

Darwin Convention Centre, level 2
Thursday 2 May 2019
10.30am to 12 noon

Australian skills and qualifications - global delivery

People are a business’s most important asset. Highly skilled employees make for a more productive workforce. Upskilling can be by formal qualification or company specific training. Northern Territory (NT) education providers have expertise in the delivery of formal qualifications and tailored education which meet companies’ specific needs. Case studies will be presented on successful training outcomes delivered in the NT and overseas with high quality Australian full or partial qualifications.

Research solutions - a showcase of Charles Darwin University’s research and innovation

Charles Darwin University is a research intensive university with outstanding performance and recognised excellence in Aboriginal and tropical health, environmental science and public policy. This event is a showcase of innovators and researchers at Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research. Business and industry leaders will have an opportunity to expand their expert network by meeting researchers with skills and expertise in science, big data, social sciences, engineering, health, evaluation and environment.

For more information and to register your expression of interest to attend email Rachael Shanahan, Director StudyNT at studynt@nt.gov.au

National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre - site tour

National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre
Thursday 2 May 2019

11am to 12.30pm

The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) maintains Australian Government’s medical response capability in Darwin. This includes a fully equipped rapidly deployable 60 bed field hospital that has an inpatient facility, operating tables, full resuscitation and outpatient capability. The NCCTRC also invests in building the trauma, critical care and surge capacity of the Royal Darwin Hospital to ensure it is prepared and equipped to respond to sudden onset disasters in the region.

The NCCTRC facility is a unique capability and this is an opportunity to see up close the resources in northern Australia.

For more information and to register your expression of interest to attend email Michelle Foster, Director Corporate and Community and International Relations, Department of Health at michelle.foster@nt.gov.au

Business matching

Targeted business matching will be available for Northern Territory businesses and visiting delegates.

Email your interest to ag.tradeprogram@nt.gov.au

One-on-one appointments on doing business in Asia

Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May 2019

One-on-one appointment on doing business in Asia with NT Government Representative to Singapore - SME focus

Mr Anthony Cheng, NT Government Representative to Singapore is available to discuss your exporting and international business queries. With over 20 years of international business experience across Asia, Mr Cheng has extensive knowledge and experience in assisting companies to do business in Asia.

Strictly limited appointments available. Register early to avoid disappointment.

To arrange an appointment email Mr Wayne Fan, Manager Trade Support at wayne.fan@nt.gov.au

Business hubs

Business hubs will be located at Marrara and the Darwin Convention Centre in close proximity to Arafura Games sporting events.

The hubs will provide collateral to encourage engagement with international and national trade and investment stakeholders and will promote sectors such as agribusiness, minerals and energy, tourism, innovation, international education, health, migration and oil and gas supply and service.

Sponsorship opportunities

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for your company to strengthen and build trade and investment relationships with international audiences.

For further information and to obtain a sponsorship prospectus contact:

Sarah Lillecrapp
Principal Project Officer
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
Phone: +61 8 8946 9552
ag.tradeprogram@nt.gov.au

Our sponsors

104.1 FM, Charles Darwin University, territoryfm.com.auNational Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

Last updated: 12 April 2019