Business bulletin - 11 September 2015

Economic Development Strategy

The Northern Territory Government has released its Economic Development Strategy detailing the long term economic development road map, priorities and direction.

The strategy identifies priority areas and opportunities for future economic growth of the Territory. It is a planned and structured approach to ensuring a prosperous economy that also delivers balanced outcomes for society and the environment.

The strategy’s focus is projects that drive economic development and diversification, investment and job creation. Government will focus on seven priority opportunities and six economic enablers to support the private sector to create economic growth and employment opportunities in the Northern Territory.

2015 October Business Month program is now open!

What do a travelling calendar, Roller Derby Girls and Li Cunxin (known as the Mao's Last Dancer) have in common? The 2015 October Business Month (OBM) calendar of events official launch ... that's what!

The OBM calendar has travelled across the Territory stopping in Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Alice Springs along the way, before being handed to the Minister for Business Peter Styles at the newly renovated PASPALIS Business Centre in Darwin. The Darwin Roller Derby Girls surprised guests with copies of the calendar and Li Cunxin, known as the Mao's Last Dancer, joined the celebrations via Skype from Brisbane. The launch kicked off what is set to be a huge month of business events across the Territory.

This year's OBM calendar is packed with over 165 opportunities for professional development and networking to assist businesses and is expected to draw more than 9,000 attendees across the Territory.

Register for events on the OBM website.

Modernising the way government buys goods and services

The Northern Territory Government’s current procurement system has been in place since approximately 1995. There have been incremental changes; however it has been some time since any major reform. The Northern Territory Government has committed to comprehensively reforming the way it procures and range of procurement reforms have already been introduced.

A survey has been prepared which outlines further reforms being considered and seeks input from stakeholders to ensure that any changes are well targeted, drive effectiveness and efficiency, and promote best value procurement outcomes from which we all benefit.

Territory businesses and industry associations were encouraged to complete the survey.

Recognising the best of the Territory’s Vocational Education and Training sector

The Territory’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector has celebrated its outstanding achievers at the 60th annual Northern Territory Training Awards.

Among the winners was the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year, Taylor Fishlock from Katherine.

Taylor was keen to pursue a trade that could take her anywhere she chose to go. She identified electrical work as the path to new opportunities and gained an apprenticeship with her Katherine-based employers M&K Lee Electrical Contractors.

Taylor describes herself as having a strong work ethic and drive. This has seen her dedicate herself to her studies and resulted in her winning the NECA Australian Electrical Apprentice of the Year. Taylor is also breaking down gender roles in her work field, being the first woman to win a NECA Australian Industrial Award.

As well as studying her Certificate III in Electrotechnology, Taylor intends to continue her studies and focus on the small business skills sector, with the aim of opening her own electrical contracting business in the future.

Taylor says she hopes to one day employ her own apprentices and give back to her community the same opportunities she was given.

Launch of the Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment Strategy 2015-2020

Territory Businesses are invited to join an important briefing on the government’s draft Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment Strategy 2015-2020. Hear firsthand about the proposed future direction and plans for international engagement at the Darwin Convention Centre on Wednesday 16 September 2015, 7.00 am to 8.30 am. 

Space is limited, please indicate your interest in attending to tradesupport@nt.gov.au.

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Last updated: 12 October 2017