Business bulletin - 17 March 2016

Open Territory

The business community turned out in force for the launch of Open Territory at the Darwin Convention Centre last week.

The Open Territory calendar will offer more than 100 events to the Territory’s business community between March and May.

The offering for SMEs will include business management ideas, training, professional development and networking opportunities with business leaders, industry professionals and international delegates.

One of the highlights will be the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference in Darwin from 11 to 13 April, featuring successful farmers from the Northern Territory, North Western Australia and North West Queensland.

Registrations are now open, to attend please visit Northern Australia Food Futures Conference 2016

Other highlights include:

  • Territory Expo, 29 to 30 April: Businesses will showcase goods and services from across the Territory.
  • Territory Taste Festival, 16 to 17 April: A weekend festival around the enjoyment of food that represents Northern Territory producers, farmers, growers, trade, bush harvest and the Northern Territory hospitalist industry.
  • Red Carpet Investor Forum, 17 to 18 April: The forum will enable attendees to explore investment-ready projects, understand emerging opportunities, and meet key decision makers and government.
  • Business Technology Conference, 20 April: Strategic and tactical advice on the latest solutions to help grow a business, improve productivity and improve the customer experience.
  • Timor Sea Cup, 7 to 10 April: An annual under-17s football tournament between the Northern Territory, Nusa Tenggara Timur (Indonesia) and Timor Leste that encourages people-to-people and trade links in the region.

For more information about Open Territory and the 100+ events being held across the Territory visit the Open Territory website. 

Buy Local roadshow

The Buy Local Plan - wondering what’s in it for you?

Local businesses are invited to find out how the NT Government’s new procurement policy will benefit them, at a series of forums across the Territory.

The Buy Local roadshow will allow all businesses Territory-wide to arm themselves with the information they need to be able to capitalise on the new policy.

The Buy Local Plan is designed to ensure local businesses are afforded the chance to gain a greater percentage of the $3 billion NT Government spending each year.

Those who attend the workshops will have the opportunity to ask questions on elements of the plan, including:

  • Mandatory local involvement in all requests for quotes worth up to $100,000 now in place, in addition to existing local content requirements for all tenders above $100,000.  
  • The new term ‘Territory Enterprise’ which identifies local businesses as an enterprise operating in the Northern Territory, with a significant permanent presence in the NT and employing NT residents.
  • The increase in the minimum weighting of local content and benefits from 20% to 25% in all government quotes and tenders.
  • How government is working to ensure local content commitments included in tender responses are carried through into the contract terms and are monitored throughout.
  • The operation of the Local Benefit Advisory Panel (LBAP). A panel of Territorians being established to review and advise on Buy Local aspects of tender responses and contracts estimated to be worth more than $5 million.

Details of the roadshow sessions are:

18 March - Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine, 9am to 11am
21 March - Barkly House, Paterson Street, Tennant Creek, 10am to 1.30pm
22 March - Alice Springs Convention Centre, 11am to 1pm
23 March - Walkabout Lodge, Nhulunbuy, 10am to 12 noon
24 March - Mantra Pandanas, Darwin, 9am to 11am
30 March - Rydges Palmerston, 9am to 11am.

The Buy Local Plan can be found on the Buy Local website

Mining Services Expo

Centralian businesses in the resources supply chain have been up in lights this week, at the Mining Services Expo in Alice Springs. 

Thirty-seven businesses showcased their wares to large mining and exploration companies at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Department of Business event runs in conjunction with the 17th Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES), run by Department of Mines and Energy.

Thrifty Central Australian Manager Steve Shearer said the business had been seeing the benefits of the Expo for a decade.

"We have been exhibiting mine site ready vehicles every year since the event started in 2006," he said.

"We can’t afford to miss being there, not only to look for new business opportunities, but also to connect with existing customers."

Schools upgrades boosting the economy

Schools across the Territory will receive upgrades as part of a $100.5 million 'Boosting the Economy' package providing immediate opportunities for local small to medium businesses.

The package includes $68.5 million for education projects and another $32 million to go towards sport and recreation, tourism and community projects.

The education funding will support projects like the redevelopment of Block A at Darwin High School, installing a basketball court at Roseberry Primary School and four new classrooms at Larrakeyah Primary School.

Stuart Park Primary School will receive $1 million for additional classrooms to support growth and $400,000 to resurface the basketball court and provide shade sails. 

The package will provide short-term cash injection into the Northern Territory economy, stimulate job creation and provide opportunities for the local construction sector.

The funding will also allow Northern Territory schools to cater for future growth and revitalise the learning environment for students.

The majority of the projects have been identified by schools, the release of the tenders are scheduled for next month.

Nominations open for 2016 NT Training Awards

Do you know someone doing exceptional things with training?

Nominations are open for the 2016 NT Training Awards, which recognise outstanding Territory businesses, training service providers, apprentices, trainees and students.

After a record number of nominations in 2015, this year's awards have been expanded to include a new Medium Employer of the Year category.

2015 category winners Philadelphia Hughes (Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Student of the Year) and Karen Rose (Vocational Student of the Year) went on to claim top honours at the National Training Awards in Hobart last year.

Katherine based electrical apprentice Taylor Fishlock was named runner up 2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year, while the Arnhem Land  Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) made an impression against the big hitters in the employment category.

The gala Australian Training Awards will be held in Darwin on Thursday 17 November 2016.

For more information or to nominate visit Northern Territory Training Awards

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