Business bulletin - 23 February 2017

Home Improvement Scheme

Couple relaxing on a couch at home 

Over 320 applications have already been received from Territory homeowner-occupiers through the Home Improvement Scheme, in the three days since applications opened.

Under the scheme, homeowners who have previously received a voucher will be eligible to apply again for a second voucher worth up $2,000. 

Eligible homeowners who have not received a voucher through the Home Improvement Scheme are able to apply for a voucher of up to $4,000. 

Homeowners also need to make a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution towards the works.

Since the NT Government announced the scheme earlier this month an additional 125 businesses have been registered to be part of the scheme.

As well as complementing the NT Government’s $22 million Immediate Works Stimulus Package, the scheme will deliver work in the months leading up to the fast-tracking of $120 million worth of infrastructure spending - which kicks in from the second half of this year.

Applications for the Home Improvement Scheme will be accepted until 31 December 2017, or unless funding is exhausted.

To find out more or to participate go to the Home Improvement Scheme website

AOG17

Men and women on the NTG stand at AOG expo 

Thirty Northern Territory business representatives are participating Australia’s largest oil and gas expo and conference in Perth this week.

The Northern Territory will be the largest Australian group attending the Australasian Oil and Gas Expo (AOG17) .The event will provide local business an opportunity to promote their products and services to some of the region’s major oil and gas companies.

Territory owned and operated mining and construction firm MMC is one of the local businesses seeking to build on current relationships and explore new business opportunities.

"Out of all the conferences I have travelled to, AOG has had the most benefit to the business," Managing Director of MMC and Chair of the Manufactures Council of the NT, Owen Pike said.

"MMC was very infant in the oil and gas industry when we first attended years ago and this conference has provided multiple contacts and also given experience in the culture of the market as well."

The event is an important opportunity for Northern Territory businesses to showcase local industry capability and to gain an insight into upcoming contracts open for tender and attracts representatives from the world’s oil and gas sector.

"The partnership with the NT Government is essential to maximising benefit at AOG. It allows relationships to be formed, developed and also gives knowledge of the market and industry," Mr Pike said.

"With the NT oil and gas market getting closer to an operational market the customer demographics is changing to commissioners and maintainers and developing relationships in this demographic is essential."

This is the first in a series of major petroleum industry events scheduled for 2017 where the Northern Territory Government will be getting in behind our supply and service companies to bring more business to the Territory, with preparations for strong Team NT presences underway for APPEA, Katherine Regional Mining Forum and NT Resources Week / SEAAOC. 

The Australasian Oil and Gas Conference wraps up on Friday.

A fresh start to the new year

Tradie fitting a security screen door 

Chris Krolling has breathed new life into his business, K and S Windows, after completing several Business Growth programs.

The beginning of 2016 proved a challenging time for the Alice Springs based business; sales had slowed down and demand for security door and window installations had dropped off.

Chris reached out to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation to see where he was going wrong and how he could rejuvenate his business.

"I was referred to the department by someone who previously went through one their business support programs and thought no harm in giving it go myself," he said.

K and S Windows signed up to the Business Growth - Overview Program and experts from the Verve Group were brought in to conduct an operational overview of the business.

"It was great to have the Verve Group look at our business with a fresh eye and find the key points that help make or break our business," Chris said.

"It was also really helpful to see what is helping our business grow towards success and the areas that were keeping us from reaching it faster."

Following the successful completion of the program K and S Window recently completed a second Business Growth Program - Information Technology Solutions. The team from Verge Group assessed how the business used technology and what systems they had in place. The team then identified new software, hardware and processed Chris could use to improve his bottom line.

"The Business Growth programs have been invaluable to our business, the biggest change has been a boost to our domestic sales and we anticipate similar results with our commercial sales," Chris said.

K and S Windows are on track for a very busy year, a stark difference to where the business was 12 months ago.

"We already have a lot more people ringing up in the new year looking, so it looks like there will be a high volume of jobs on the cards in 2017," he said.

Business Roundtables

Men and women sitting around tables 

Territory businesses have an opportunity to participate in roundtables discussions and have their say about business, industry and the economy.

The Business Roundtables have been reintroduced to encourage greater engagement between the NT Government and small businesses across the Territory.

They are held on a monthly basis and a great opportunity for businesses to voice their concerns and discuss issues and initiatives.

The roundtables feature various industries and businesses, ensuring small business have a voice and are heard.

If you are interested in participating in the Business Roundtables or would like further information please contact the Small Business Champions Team on 1800 256 923 or email businessinfo@nt.gov.au

Arafura Games

Dancers at Arafura Games with fireworks in background 

The first step has been made to bring back the Arafura Game and Territorians are invited to have their say.

The consultation process to bring back the games is underway allowing community and stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback.

There are a number of ways people can be involved in the conversation; by attending a consultation hearing, providing feedback online, or by making a written submission.  

All feedback received will be provided to the Arafura Games Steering Committee, who will then make a recommendation to government about the size, scope and timing of the 2019 Arafura Games.

The Arafura Games Steering Committee is chaired by the Assistant Minister for Bringing Back the Arafura Games Kate Worden and includes the Darwin Lord Mayor, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, the General Manager of the Northern Territory Major Events Company and key NT Government department representatives.

To find our more or to have you say go to arafuragames.nt.gov.au

Have your say on the Arafura Games, visit the website for details, arafura.nt.gov.au

Last updated: 12 October 2017