Strategic directions 2017-2021

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation aims to make the Northern Territory (NT) a strong, vibrant economy for all Territorians. Its plan to drive opportunities to grow private investment and create jobs is outlined in its strategic direction.

Strategic directions 2017-2021 outlines how the department plans to:

  • connect business and government across industries and regions
  • foster a culture of innovation in the Territory
  • grow local capacity
  • excellence in our own business.

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DTBI strategic directions 2017-2021

Vision: A strong vibrant economy for all Territorians

Purpose: Drive opportunities for grow private investment and create jobs


  1. Connect business and government across industries and regions
  2. Foster a culture of innovation in the Territory
  3. Create a pipeline of investment
  4. Grow local capacity
  5. Excellence in our own business.


  • More jobs
  • A more skilled workforce
  • Increased private sector investment
  • Growth in Gross State Product
  • Increased consumer and business confidence
  • More Aboriginal Territorians in jobs and running businesses
  • Increased regional workforce participation
  • More start-ups succeed
  • More medium and larger business
  • Increased trade
  • Improved evaluation and evidence based decision making
  • Increased staff satisfaction
  • Increased client satisfaction
  • Deliver on time and budget.

What we will do

  • Support accelerated growth of priority industry sectors
  • Lead the strategic engagement and policy agenda for Developing Northern Australia
  • Develop the Territory’s capability to support defence and other national security interests
  • Partner to implement the Economic Development Framework
  • Attract and facilitate private sector major investment projects
  • Deliver a pipeline of government facilitated investment projects
  • Shape enabling regulatory environments
  • Strengthen government and major project procurement activities to grow local industry capability and Aboriginal participation
  • Position the Territory as the destination to live, work, visit, study, do business, trade and invest
  • Support businesses to innovate including entering new markets or expanding existing opportunities
  • Support and expand an ecosystem of creative, innovative and adaptive businesses, and the commercialisation of new products and services
  • Facilitate innovation and research partnerships
  • Maximise opportunities to increase buy local outcomes
  • Drive integrated regional economic, business and workforce development plans
  • Deliver services to support business growth, capability and sustainability
  • Improve information to business
  • Partner with industry and business to increase trade, export and investment
  • Assist business to navigate the regulatory process
  • Streamline and improve systems, services and tools to optimise outcomes and the client experience
  • Support Territorians to gain the skills needed to participate in todays jobs and jobs of the future
  • Enable a flexible and responsive vocational education and training system
  • Support employers to meet workforce demands through interstate and international workforce attraction and retention
  • Shape a progressive, innovative, agile and diverse department workforce
  • Strengthen decision-making through our governance system and improved data analytics
  • Support a strong and accountable leadership and performance culture
  • Work with Aboriginal enterprises to develop their capacity.

Key priorities for 2018-2019

  • Deliver commitments of the Infrastructure Strategy
  • Develop a Corporate Attraction Strategy
  • Develop an Investment Attraction Strategy
  • Deliver on NT commitments for existing major and facilitated projects
  • Pursue the development of new projects for Major Project Status
  • Progress new market led proposals
  • Deliver new facilitated investment projects
  • Co-deliver on the gas action plan
  • Maximise strategic engagement and local investment through the Strategic Defence Advisory Board, Defence Advocate and industry partners
  • Deliver and implement the NT Defence and National Security Action Plan
  • Implement the new International Education and Training Strategy
  • Support intergovernmental delivery for the National Disability Insurance Scheme implementation and the Remote Housing program
  • Drive whole-of-government implementation of International Engagement, Trade and Investment Strategic Plan
  • Deliver the Team NT approach including supporting the Team NT Executive, Team NT Advocates and joint missions
  • Drive a refreshed approach to Northern Australia Development
  • Deliver strategies and programs to improve the capability of businesses to:
    • benefit from growth in priority sectors
    • win work from major projects
    • export
  • Help support businesses under the EDF by:
    • developing industry capability analyses for the oil and gas, mining, engineering and technical services (METS), and aviation industries
    • supporting businesses in priority sectors and associated supply chains to survive, grow, and thrive
    • developing and implementing industry development plans
  • Implement the NT Business Innovation Strategy
  • Contribute to the Territory renewable energy target through Smarter Business Solutions and Smart Energy grants
  • Work with Regional Economic Development Committees to implement regional economic plans
  • Support the revitalisation of Darwin and Alice Springs CBDs
  • Continuously improve government procurement
  • Drive and support industry led business and workforce projects
  • Develop and deliver the Aboriginal Contracting Framework
  • Deliver a Value for Territory Capability Development Plan
  • Support the implementation of the Masterbrand
  • Deliver a Business Engagement and Marketing Plan
  • Embed the Customer Relationship Management system
  • Support the development of a new NT Government Grants Framework
  • Pursue service efficiencies in the Territory Business Centres
  • Improve forecasting to industry of NT Government procurement and contracting opportunities
  • Deliver the Value for Territory Assurance Plan
  • Co-deliver the Arafura Games
  • Deliver the Aboriginal Economic Development and Jobs Plan
  • Implement the new VET Investment Framework and release the inaugural Skilling Territorians Annual Investment Plan
  • Deliver a Designated Area Migration Agreement II
  • Target interstate and international migration to meet NT workforce needs as part of the Population Plan
  • Implement the Outcome Evaluation Framework
  • Deliver annual priorities under our People Strategy.


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Last updated: 04 July 2018