Business bulletin - 8 June 2017


Home Improvement Scheme

There was a huge response to the Home Improvement Scheme (HIS) with more than 2,800 new applications received on the final two days of the program.

All HIS vouchers that have been approved will be honoured, so participating tradies are asked to continuing to work with homeowners to complete the jobs.

While the scheme will close to new applications, there is still a significant pipeline of jobs to be completed..

More than 8,800 applications were submitted by Territory homeowners between 20 February and 2 June.

Of the 4,919 vouchers issued only 1,012 vouchers have been redeemed, which means the work has not yet been complete or tradie hasn’t yet claimed their payment.

There is also a lot of work remaining in the pipeline from the Immediate Work Grants, with around one-third of the 300 applications received still at various stages of assessment.

Immediate Work Grants totalling $15.9 million have been issued so far to Territory community organisations and only $2.5 million has been redeemed.

Additionally, more than $2.7 million in Home Renovation Grants have been approved for first homebuyers, generating an estimated economic impact of $5.1 million.

These stimulus programs will continue to create economic activity until the government’s capital works and repairs and maintenance boost kicks in.

Group shot of Killarney employees

Killarney Homes’ innovative designs and energy efficient homes have been recognised at this year’s Australian Housing Awards.

The HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards showcase the finest homes and building professionals from around Australia and celebrate the achievements of HIA members in the residential building industry.

The Darwin based business was founded in 2005 by brothers Damien and Michael Moriarty.

Executive Director Damien Moriarty said "We are trying to show leadership and pave the way for sustainable housing at an affordable price in the Territory.

"We’re achieving this by building homes that are not only great for the tropics but are also great for the owners, the environment and power bill.

"We are also very focussed on innovation in all areas of the business and developing this capability has expanded our competitiveness enormously."

Killarney Homes picked up the Australian professional Medium Builder / Renovator of the Year at the awards ceremony in Hamilton Island last month. The award recognises and acknowledges outstanding business achievement and recognises quality and professionalism.

"Winning a national award is a stunning result but it shows you how good NT businesses are when benchmarked on a national stage," Mr Moriarty said "We are obviously isolated and a bit smaller than other markets but we’ve turned this into strength to allow us to really innovate aggressively.

"Looking ahead we will continue to explore product innovation. We are a family business, we love the Territory and we are committed to making it a great place to live.”

The Northern Territory scored a second win at the national awards with Abode New Homes winning the Australian Professional Small Builder / Renovation of the Year.

The Darwin’s business was recognised for their high level of customer service and commitment to talking to schools about industry careers and work experience opportunities.

For the full list of winners go to the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards website.

Workman welding Defence equipment

Territory companies working in Defence support are being urged to enter the highly-regarded annual industry awards.

The Defence Support Industry Awards recognise businesses that work hard to support the Army, Navy, Air Force and Australian Border Force in the NT.

The major award is the Minister's Award for Excellence in the Defence Industry, which carries a prize of $5,000.

The selection panel may also award a Special Recognition Award.

Last year’s winner was Katherine-based Crowhurst Engineering.

Northern Australian Development and Trade General Manager Luke Bowen said more than 8% of the permanent Australian Defence Force was based in the Territory.

"This presence provides many opportunities for local business to provide support," he said.

"The goods and services supplied by these businesses range from support of high-tech Defence platforms and equipment to basic repairs and maintenance of facilities.

"Our local Defence support industry also contributes to the growth of the NT through their ability to provide world-class services and support to not only the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Border Force but also other visiting militaries from around the world."

Mr Bowen said the Defence Support Industry Awards were designed to enhance the winners’ reputation among industry peers, locally and nationally.

Nominees must be small or medium businesses based in the NT and engaged in work for the Department of Defence or Australian Border Force or one of their contractors.

Nominations close on 15 September 2017.

The awards, which have been running since 2009, will be presented at the AIDN-NT gala dinner on 25 October 2017, which coincides with the Northern Australia Defence Summit.

For further information go to the DefenceNT website.

Aerial view of Small Business Champions meeting with business owners

Locating services and business across remote areas of the Territory is now much easier with the new 2017 business directories now online.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation’s Small Business Champion Team have compiled a business directory for each major remote Northern Territory town.

Each business directory is publicly available to help promote businesses in the major remote towns and encourage partnerships with businesses in the bush.

Directories can also be used as a resource for other businesses and organisation looking for goods and services in the region.

This service is free and directories are updated in February and September each year.

You can view the full list of business directories at business directories.

If you would like your business added to the directory or update your details please contact the Small Business Champions Team at or complete the form on the business directories page.

Event host opportunities available

There is still time to register and host your event in the 2017 October Business Month (OBM) program.

For the first time, this year’s OBM will include a whole week focussed on innovation. It will include keynote speakers, conferences, workshops to equip, digital leaders, entrepreneurs, growing and aspiring business owners with tools to create a dynamic business.

Across the month there will also be opportunities for the local business community to hear territory success stories and to learn about leadership, motivation, inspiration and social media marketing.

If you are planning an event that will share information, practical skills or networking opportunities with people looking to start, run or grow a small business then email or call 08 8999 7372.

Partner event registrations close 30 June 2017.

For more information go to

October Business Month 2017, event host registrations close 30 June 2017, register now

Last updated: 07 July 2020

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