Trade and investment toolkit

Toolkit for Territory businesses

This toolkit is provided as a resource to help Territory businesses attract investment or grow trade from outside the Territory.

A range of templates and resources are provided, which are consistent with The Territory’s overarching branding. To read more about the Territory’s brand go to the Boundless Possible website.


There are a range of programs available to support Territory export businesses through the challenges faced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Northern Territory Government support

Deloitte export program

Delivered in partnership with Deloitte, the Business Enterprise Centre and the Northern Territory Government, Territory export businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) may be eligible to access support.

To find out if you are eligible complete a business health check and discuss your results with the Business Enterprise Centre.

Find out more about the business health check tool on the Northern Territory Government website.

Australian Government support

International freight support measures

The Australian Government is providing support to the agriculture and seafood sector to deal with current air freight constraints. This includes $110 million to ensure air freight capacity remains open for critical markets.

To register your interest in the international freight support measures, go to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Additional air freight capacity for Australian exporters

To support Australian exporters, Qantas and Virgin Australia are offering air freight capacity on repatriation international passenger services to Auckland, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and London.

While these services are limited, they may provide Australian producers a way to obtain valuable inputs for their businesses.

For more information on the repatriation flights, go to the:

Qantas website or email

Virgin Australia website or email

Export Market Development Grants

The Australian Government has increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme. Funding will increase by $49.8 million in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

For information about the EMDG, go to the Australian Government Austrade website.

Export Finance Australia

Export Finance Australia is the Australian Government’s export credit agency. It provides specialised finance solutions, including loans, bonds and guarantees, to support Australian exporters (including tourism providers), companies in export support supply chains and those investing offshore.

To find out how Export Finance Australia could help your business, including if you have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please call 1800 093 724 or go to the Australian Government Export Finance Australia website.

Austrade international market and sector insights

As part of ‘Team Australia’, Austrade are working closely with the network of government departments and industry agencies to help Australian businesses overcome complex and fast-evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) related challenges.

You can access market and sector insights, updates on Australian supply chains, and links through to the COVID-19 support for Australian businesses on the Austrade website.

Temporary changes to the foreign investment framework

The Foreign Investment Review Board has introduced a $0 monetary screening threshold for all foreign investments.

All proposed foreign investments into Australia that are subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 will require approval, regardless of value or the nature of the foreign investor.

For more information, go to the Australian Government Foreign Investment Review Board website.

When promoting your product, service or project to potential trade and investment partners, it can help to include key information about the Territory.

The Territory website includes information about the Territory including information on living, working, migrating, investing, studying or visiting. The site also includes information on the Territory’s main industry sectors and current investment opportunities.

Go to The Territory website.

Austrade provides information for exporters including advice on free trade agreements and advice specific to the tourism and education sectors. Go to the Austrade website.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provide information on a range of countries to help you know more about the countries you would like to do business with. Go to the DFAT website.

Free trade agreements provides substantial trade and investment opportunities for Australian businesses by helping businesses export new and different products to overseas markets. Go to the Free Trade Agreement Portal.

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Treasury and Finance produce regular analysis of the NT economy, including international trade. Go to the NT Economy website.

For a step-by-step guide to cross border ecommerce, go to Austrade’s Online Exporting: A Guide for Australian Business website.

The Australian Government’s find your export market tool shows businesses how to select international markets and diversify their business strategically. Go to Find Export Markets website.

Operating a business online has never been more important. Learn the steps and benefits of going digital with your business and where you can go for help. Go to Guide to digital transformation.

The Northern Territory Government's Trade Support Scheme can help you offset the costs of international marketing activities. The scheme can provide funding for up to 50% of the cost of approved activities.

The Local Jobs Fund supports transformative projects and will help high growth potential Territory businesses to increase exports of goods and services both interstate and internationally. Go to the Local Jobs Fund website.

Investment Territory offers investment attraction and investment facilitation services to international, interstate and Territory private investors across a range of industry sectors. To find out more view trade and investment promotion and how we assist with investment on The Territory website, email or call 08 8999 5091.

The Trade team promotes the Territory’s international trade interests alongside Australian Government agencies and its overseas network. You can contact the Trade team by email

The International Engagement team leads and coordinates initiatives to strengthen the Territory’s international engagement through strategic political, economic and cultural partnerships with our international priority partners. This includes coordinating and engaging with diplomatic posts and foreign governments and working directly with business and community. You can contact International Engagement by email or call 08 8946 9557

The Defence and National Security team leads advocacy and engagement into the Australian and international national security and defence communities. The team facilitate defence related investment, support our defence community and maximise local content opportunities for business to participate in defence and private sector projects. For more information, go to the DefenceNT website.

To talk to someone local about growing your business and to learn more about Territory Government run support programs, go to the website.

Austrade provides general information about exporting and doing business in international markets, free of charge to Australian companies. To find out more, go to the Austrade website, call 13 28 78 or email

StudyNT offers a downloadable range of printed material and videos to assist international education agents promote the Territory as a quality destination for international students, go to the StudyNT website.

The Exporters Council of Australia contribute to the development of Australia’s resources through encouraging Australian business to engage in international trade, effective representation to government on market access and facilitation issues, the delivery of practical professional development programs and forums that foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge and reward excellence. Go to the Exporters Council of Australia website.

A comprehensive online resource for tourism industry operators is available on the Tourism NT website.

The NT-India market entry guide contains key contextual information about the relationship between the Territory and India, and an analysis of opportunities for engagement with the nation. Additionally, the guide highlights a strategies and approaches to engagement which will lead to better outcomes for Territory enterprises.

The international engagement, trade and investment strategic plan
Outlines and goals to grow the economy and attract people to visit, live, work, study, invest and trade in Australia's north.

Statement of capacity: mining equipment, technology and services in the Northern Territory
A report on local industry's capacity to service and supply the needs of the mining equipment, technology and services sector in the Northern Territory.

The International education and training strategy
A six year strategy to grow the international education sector and raise student numbers in the Northern Territory.

Statement of capacity: defence construction industry in the Northern Territory
A report on the construction industry's capacity to service defence infrastructure projects.

Statement of capacity: marine services industry in the Northern Territory
A report on the marine industry's capacity to service the maintenance and supply requirements of defence and offshore oil and gas platform support vessels.

Statement of capacity: aquaculture and crocodile farming industry in the Northern Territory
A report on Northern Territory businesses capacity to service the aquaculture and crocodile farming industry.

Last updated: 14 September 2020

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