Business bulletin - 15 September 2016


Dancers performing the conga in Smith Street Mall

A conga line of dancers in Darwin’s Smith Street Mall has heralded a huge month of business events across the Territory.

The October Business Month calendar launch earlier this week officially delivered the 2016 OBM calendar.

Packed with 171 events, the OBM calendar includes over 90 free business events to support NT small to medium enterprises start, run and grow.

Entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, industry leads, territory heroes and innovators are also among the line-up of high calibre speakers who will share their knowledge with Territory business.

The 2016 keynote speaker line-up includes:

  • Janine Allis, founder of Boost Juice, Retail Zoo and investor on Shark Tank
  • Sarah Wilson, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and founder of
  • Steven Bradbury OAM, Olympian, gold medallist and businessman
  • Mark McCrindle, recognised leader in tracking emerging issues and researching global trends
  • Scott Boocock, Territory export and inventor of the HEG™.

Other events to keep an eye out for include Business Chicks breakfast in Darwin on 25 October, featuring guest speaker and Business Chicks global CEO Emma Isaacs.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia bring Chairman of Coopers Brewery, Glenn Cooper to Alice Springs to share the Coopers Brewery story at their annual business dinner on 13 October.

OBM Platinum sponsor NAB will also host two events, one in Darwin and the other in Alice Springs, with NAB Senior Economist David de Garis providing an update on the Australian and Territory economies.

For the first time, OBM will have a pop-up office in the Mitchell Centre, Darwin until 7 October, open from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday.

Pop in and visit the team to find out more about the program, register for events, chat to one of the departments business development officers or pick up a copy of the OBM calendar.

For a full list of OBM events visit or search October Business Month on Facebook.

Two women looking at jewellery

A week of business events will be held in Nhulunbuy for the first time to support, inspire and assist the local business community to grow.

Nhulunbuy Business Week has been developed by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, in collaboration with key stakeholders and the Nhulunbuy business community to support the town’s vision of being a self-sufficient and sustainable community.

The program includes workshops, training and presentations and will be launched at OBMs keynote event featuring four time Olympian, gold medallist and businessman Steven Bradbury on 13 October.

Other events during the week include sessions on Business Upskills workshops, Indigenous employment opportunities, education and training on tax essentials along with speakers to inspire creative business thinking.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will also be on hand to provide information on the many Northern Territory Government programs and services to support local businesses.

You will also hear from local businesses that have achieved greater sustainability and probability through accessing the support available from these programs.

Nhulunbuy Business Week will run from 13 to 19 October, a full list of events can be found at

Indigenous students from the army being trained in a classroom

A training program credited with significantly increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers within the Australian Army has been recognised at the NT Training Awards.

The Batchelor Institute was one of the big winners on the night, being nominated for five awards and taking home three, including Industry Collaboration Award with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Since 2013, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the ADF have collaborated to deliver Army Indigenous Defence Program (AIDP) which has increased Indigenous representation in the army to more than 500 for the first time since WWII.

The program creates pathways to employment in the ADF for young Indigenous Australians under a military structured training strategy focusing on reading, writing and fitness.

Accepting the award, Batchelor Institute CEO Mr Robert Somerville AM said the institute prides itself in having strong links with our industry partners. "Together we are ensuring a real pathway from training to employment," he said

"The collaboration allows students to learn at the Batchelor Institute in a culturally safe ‘both-ways’ environment and develop the skills, knowledge and attitude required for full-time careers in the ADF.

"Our commitment to the aspirations and self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is what defines us as an organisation.

"We deliver training to some of the most remote areas in the Northern Territory and provide culturally appropriate learning that empowers our students and staff to achieve the best results possible," Mr Somerville said.

Last year 35 graduates from AIDP went on to enlist in Army, bringing the number of Indigenous people in the ADF to more than 500 for the first time since WWII.

A further 33 trainees graduated from the program with Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways last month and for many it signals the beginning of a full-time career in the Army.

The Batchelor Institute also took home Training provider of the Year and senior lecturer Liam Fraser won VET teacher / trainer of the year.

"Batchelor Institute is committed to delivering quality training and research that result in real outcomes for our students. I am very proud of the achievements of our staff and students that have been recognised for," Mr Somerville said.

The NT Training awards recognise and rewards hard work, dedication and excellence of individuals and organisations involved in the Northern Territory’s vocational education and training sector.

For a full list of winners go to 2016 NT Training Awards winners.

Winners of eleven categories have the opportunity to go on to represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Training Awards.

NTG stand at the NT Resources week conference

Major players in the resources and construction sectors have converged on Darwin to discuss latest developments in Northern Australia and South East Asia.

NT Resources Week combines the Northern Territory’s leading resource and construction industry events, South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference (SEAAOC), Mining the Territory and Building the Territory under one roof for two days of industry peer led discussions.

The Northern Territory Government is supporting a service and supply display booth to give NT based SMEs the opportunity to showcase their goods and services and network with key decision makers of major companies operating in our region.

Darwin based and locally owned business, Territory Instruments participated in the stand along with ten other industry related businesses.

Project Manager Rob Priest said Territory Instruments had attended NT Resources Week for the past seven years to showcase their capability with electrical, instrumentation and process control engineering support.

"It has allowed us to establish relationships with key resource stakeholders which in some instances developed into long term contracts," he said.

"Events like NT Resources Week provide a good opportunity for us to network with engineering and procurement personal from major resource companies that are generally based in southern capital cities," Mr Priest said.

Territory Instruments has been involved in some major projects across the Territory including the Wickham Point INPEX gas Pipeline, RAAF Tindal Corrosion Control Facility EEHA Remediation and Channel Island Power Station Control System UPS.

"Moving forward, there are going to be new opportunities in the top end with three major LNG plants being in operation within our region in the next 18 months," Mr Priest said.

"We’re looking at engaging with partners, possibly in the form of a joint venture or equity sharing and NT Resources Week is fantastic place to explore some of these avenues."

For more information go to NT Resources Week.

Aboriginal roadcrew workers holding a stop sign

Meet the Territory business completing projects with Indigenous employment.

Eighteen months after receiving a call from Borroloola Traditional Owner Daniel Mulholland, Trafficwerx NT Managing Director Chris Boyer says a successful joint venture has formed.

Mr Mulholland is the owner of PDG-NT, a Borroloola contracting business.

"I didn’t know him from a bar of soap. He wanted to get his people working and after a few discussions I told him we’d act as a mentor for them," Boyer recalls.

Traffic controllers are required to complete certification in Work Zone Traffic Management. There are four levels, and a minimum of two levels is required to work on the roads and to operate the lollipop.

"With the assistance of the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation in Tennant Creek, people have trained and are currently employing from a pool of 22 Indigenous people in traffic control, civil and specialist labouring."

Since then, Trafficwerx has just undertaken the installation of audible tactile fatigue management systems at test locations at four points on the Stuart Highway south of Darwin.

"We’ve spent 57 days on it so far, and still have about four weeks to go. We were working night shift for weeks in a row and we got 100 per cent attendance the whole time," he said.

Trafficwerx NT is also on the brink of starting the traffic management contract for the duplication of Vanderlin Drive, and intending to use all indigenous staff.

"We will bring workers in from Borroloola on a rotating basis which works well for them. They are working 12 hour day shift on award rates."

Skills, Employment and Careers Expo 2016, 5,594 people attended the Territory's largest career and employment event in August.

Last updated: 10 July 2019

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