Business bulletin - 7 July 2016

Home Improvements rolling

Home Improvement Scheme 

The Home Improvement Scheme has already generated almost $5 million dollars of work for Territory tradies and small businesses.

Under the scheme, Territory homeowner-occupiers can apply to receive vouchers of up to $2,000 to go towards minor home improvements, repairs or maintenance works.

These vouchers are issued on the condition they use registered, local small businesses or tradies and contribute at least the same amount. Over 800 local businesses have registered and can be accessed through the website.

More than 300 vouchers totalling $500,000 have been issued since applications for homeowners opened in early June. The total value of work created through these vouchers is $1.6million.

Another 600 applications are pending, bringing the total value of works applied for to $4.88 million.

Over the past two weeks more than 200 homeowners, tradies and small businesses attended Home Improvement information sessions across Territory to learn more about the scheme and how they can participate.

The small business community will continue see the full benefits of the scheme, which is designed to ensure work continues to flow for small businesses in the building and construction sector.For more information, terms and conditions or to register go to Home Improvement Scheme

Looking for staff?

People viewing a jobs board at the Skills, Employment and Careers Expo 

One of the most popular features at the Darwin and Alice Springs Skills, Employment and Careers Expo is going digital.

The Jobs Boards provides an opportunity for Territory Businesses to promote their existing and future job vacancies for free.

This year, the Jobs Board will list vacant position on an online database, which will be displayed in a large exhibition booth on a collection of iPads.

Job seekers can also view the job listings at the Expo on their smart phones and other devices to email, print and apply for positions on the day.

This is a perfect opportunity for businesses to engage with potential future employees, hand-pick the best talent and showcase their industry.

Businesses have until 31 July to submit their vacancies.

For more information contact YouthWorX on (08) 8981 8870 or email

Alice Springs expo details

Date: 8 and 9 August 2016
Time: 5pm to 7.30pm and 8.30am to 12.30pm
Venue: Alice Springs Convention Centre

Darwin expo details

Date: 16 and 17 August 2016
Time: 5pm to 8pm and 8.30am to 2.30pm
Venue: Darwin Convention Centre.

Centralian Customer Service celebrated

Group shot of award winners receiving their Customer Service Awards 

A commercial kitchen equipment supplier who stuck around to cook a meal for his customers has taken out Best Business at the Chamber of Commerce Service Awards in Alice Springs on the weekend. 

Alice Hospitality Supplies owner David Heinzel had installed a new oven at a property 40kms out of town, and drove back out with his wife Heather for a weekend function, they showed their customers how to use it and then helped them out for the night.

The awards are in recognition of Alice Springs businesses that go above and beyond in their customer service. 

Kay Eade, Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory said that the Chamber had received over 160 nominations and the judges were impressed with the quality of businesses nominated across all categories.

"One of the judges, who lectures in retail at Charles Darwin University, said she was astounded by the level of service these businesses provide. She will be using these testimonials in her future classes."

Department of Business Chief Executive Officer Michael Tennant presented the award for Best Business and was equally impressed with the shortlisted finalists and businesses.

"The awards recognise positive and hardworking individuals and businesses for their achievements in delivering good customer service in the Territory.

"Fostering and rewarding excellence in service is a good thing for the business itself, as well as customers.

"The Department of Business and the Central Australia Development Office are proud to join together as Platinum Sponsor of this event."

Two new awards have been introduced for the first time in 2016, Best Non-Government Organisation and Best Government Department.

Nominations came from clients or customers who had received outstanding customer service.

The Central Australian Community Toy Library won the Best Non-Government Organisation Award. Staff were recognised for being accommodating about broken or missing parts of toys, and always helpful with parents juggling kids and toys in and out the door.

The Best Government Department Award was won by the Department of Education - Special Education Unit at Centralian Middle School for its commitment to giving every child an education and ensuring they have a bright and successful future.

Best Emerging Business was awarded to Recyclabill, whose owner Bill Powell provides the only pickup recycling service in Alice Springs, and is known for his prompt and polite service.  

Dr Emily Bull from Alice Springs Veterinary Centre received the Best Individual Award. Dr Bull is passionate about providing the best care for her patients and always goes above and beyond with the service she provides.

Best Business


Alice Hospitality Supplies


Alice Springs Convention Centre
Flavell Plumbing 

Emerging Business




Central Australian Relocations
Hair Manoeuvres

Best Individual


Emily Bull, Alice Springs Veterinary Centre


Maggie Prow, Hair at Memo
Robyn Cross, Charles Darwin University

Best Non-Government Organisation


Australian Community Toy Library


Regional Anangu Services
St Vincent de Paul

Best Government Department


Department of Education - Special Education Unit at Centralian Middle School


Central Australian Health Services - Alice Springs Hospital Paediatric Ward
Central Australian Health Services - Palliative Care

NT Training Commission

Instructor supervising trainee cutting and weigh meat 

Training industry representatives and employers are invited to nominate for the new Northern Territory Training Commission.

The Commission will be responsible for making recommendations to the minister on policy direction for vocational education and training (VET), skills priorities, training needs and the promotion of VET in the Northern Territory.

The establishment of the Commission is a key element of the Training Skills Development Act, which came into effect last Friday.

The Training and Skills Development Act positions the Northern Territory as a nationally recognised VET system that maximises the return on public investment, and meets the present and future training needs of the Territory.

Industry is recognised as a key client of the Territory VET sector and the Commission will provide direct business and industry involvement in the strategic direction of VET to meet industry, workforce and skills development needs.

Expressions of interest close at midday on Monday 11 July 2016.

For further information go to

Population growth forums

Women and men walking along a street 

A series of forums are set to discuss the challenges, perceptions and opportunities relating to population growth in the Northern Territory.

General Manager of the Northern Australia Development Office, Luke Bowen said the forums would provide an opportunity to hear from a range of panel members including subject leaders and local representatives.

"It’s also an opportunity for Territorians to share their views on what population means for them individually and for the Territory’s future.

"Territorians play a crucial role growing and developing Northern Australia.

"We understand it’s not just about economics - it’s about our lifestyle, natural resources, people, regions and environment. This balanced approach gives us the ability to create jobs, support businesses and make our own choices."

To ensure all Territorians have the opportunity to participate, forums will be held in all major centres including Nhulunbuy, Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. For more information on the forums or to register phone 1800 733 458 or go to

Territory Day 2016, 362 tonnes of fireworks imported, 154 firework retailers Territory wide

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