Territory inbound worker strategy 2019 to 2028

This strategy adopts a collaborative approach to attract and support newcomers, migrants and international students, to strengthen the economic and social vibrancy of the Territory.

This strategy links the attraction, advocacy and support elements of existing strategies to maximise efforts, cooperation and innovation. Connecting strategies to ensure a coordinated and forward-looking approach is the key to success.

This strategy also aligns with:

This strategy focuses on the attraction and retention of people from elsewhere in Australia, overseas migrants and humanitarian entrants, by promoting the Territory in key markets, and enhancing programs to support newcomers. It encourages welcoming communities and diversity, and strengthens settlement and retention services.

This strategy also focuses on the attraction and support of international students, who are an important potential workforce source. Growing student numbers will give Territory businesses access to a diverse workforce.

Strengthening and aligning efforts to grow and support a skilled workforce

  • Raise the profile of the Territory as a desirable place to live, work and study by diversifying marketing channels to meet target audience
  • Showcase the Territory as a study destination
  • Focus international attraction strategies on countries with pre-existing established communities in the Territory
  • Introduce a contemporary digital marketing program to reach target audience
  • Develop tactical market entry guides to enhance interaction with targeted countries
  • Continue the delivery of financial incentives to targeted interstate migrants
  • Expand the study tour market.
  • Advocate for changes to skilled migration programs and visa schemes, to reflect Territory workforce needs
  • Embrace innovation in developing policies and programs focused on improving attraction and retention of migrants
  • Work in partnership with the Australian Government for a sustainable humanitarian intake for the Territory
  • Encourage business uptake of the Seasonal Worker Program and the Pacific Labour Scheme
  • Connect international students to potential employers to facilitate mutually beneficial employment outcomes
  • Value and encourage the entrepreneurship skills in our multicultural community to contribute to the economy and create jobs
  • Affirm a commitment to multiculturalism, by promoting diversity, fair access, participation and mutual respect.
  • Establish a pilot Skills Recognition Centre to enable newcomers and migrants to utilise their skills and qualifications
  • Expand opportunities for English language testing to support individuals to live and work in the Territory
  • Develop welcome packages for newcomers to facilitate settlement and integration into the Territory community
  • Recognise and support multicultural events and festivals to strengthen mutual respect and social cohesion
  • Enrich the Territory international student experience by creating a safe and welcoming living, studying and working environment
  • Continue to fund programs and services to support the Territory’s diverse multicultural communities
  • Support businesses to capitalise on the Designated Area Migration Agreement to attract skilled migrants to shortage occupations.
  • Interstate migrants
  • International migrants
  • International students
  • Territory businesses
  • Multicultural community groups and organisations
  • Peak industry associations
  • Northern Territory (NT) Government agencies
  • Australian Government
  • Non-government organisations
  • Registered training organisations
  • NT international education and training providers.
  • Expands labour and skill availability
  • Grows the economy as more goods and services are required
  • Expands the local consumption market through increased spending (multiplier effect)
  • Generates jobs
  • Encourages investment
  • Increases the tax and revenue base
  • Increases tourism (visiting friends and relatives)
  • Brings diversity, new skills, knowledge, ideas and innovation
  • Encourages chain migration
  • Creates global connections.
  • Keeps services viable (such as schools and health services)
  • Enhances city and neighbourhood development
  • Increases capacity for volunteers
  • Fosters social enterprise and initiative
  • Stimulates variety of entertainment activity
  • Encourages more amenities
  • Supports a culturally diverse, vibrant population
  • Builds community resilience
  • Raises cultural capital and builds cultural competence.

Strategy events will be flexible and will accommodate change according to market conditions.


21 January 2019 International College of Advanced Education (ICAE) O-week, Visa information session Darwin
January and February 2019 DAMA information sessions for employers All regions
26 February 2019 Chief Minister’s welcome reception for international students Parliament House, Darwin
21 March 2019 Student ambassador professional development session Darwin
2 May 2019 Student ambassador professional development session Darwin
11 May 2019 Big day out in harmony Alice Springs
25 May 2019Darwin Waterfront harmony soiree Darwin Waterfront Precinct
6 June 2019 Student ambassador professional development session Darwin
July 2019 International College of Advanced Education (ICAE) O-week, Visa information session Darwin
15 to 19 July 2019 Council of International Students of Australia Conference Perth
22 August 2019 Student ambassador professional development session Darwin
September 2019Overseas qualification assessments available through Skills Recognition CentreDarwin
18 September 2019Student ambassador professional developmentDarwin
19 September 2019Opening of Pearson English Language Testing FacilityDarwin
21 September 2019 NT Training Awards International Student Award Darwin
7 November 2019 Student ambassador professional development and graduation Darwin
27 November 2019StudyNT student ambassador applications openDarwin


21 February 2019 NAVITAS Professional event student employer matching Darwin
27 March 2019 Darwin industry insight bus tour Darwin
2 April 2019 Boundless Possible: The Territory showcase Darwin
June 2019 Melaleuca Inside Out refugee: employer matching event Darwin
30 October 2019 StudyNT October Business Month events Darwin


24 February to
4 March 2019
Worker and international education attraction India and Nepal
31 March to
2 April 2019 
StudyNT familiarisation tours Darwin and Central Australia
2 April 2019 Boundless Possible: The Territory showcase Darwin
3 to 5 April 2019 Host the International Consultants Education Fair (ICEF) Australia and NZ agents recruitment Darwin
26 April to 7 May 2019 Arafura Games Business Engagement Program Darwin
2 and 3 May 2019 Regional Australia-Asia Chambers Forum Darwin
5 to 10 June Worker Attraction Program engagement activities Philippines
15 to 19 July 2019 Council of International Students of Australia Conference Perth
6 to 12 October 2019* NT international education and training mission Indonesia
15 to 18 October 2019*Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) Perth
24 October 2019 Reaching South Conference Shenzhen, Hainan and Rizhao, China
30 October 2019 StudyNT October Business Month events Darwin
November 2019* Work and live in Australia's Northern Territory seminar Melbourne and Dandenong
November 2019Worker Attraction Program engagement activitiesNepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore

* Indicates tentative event, the calendar is subject to change and will be refreshed accordingly.

Implementation will be monitored and evaluated to determine whether the strategy has delivered aligned efforts in attraction, advocacy and support for newcomers, international students and existing migrants.

Last updated: 11 October 2019


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