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

Trade Support Scheme - COVID-19 Quick Response Grants

The Trade Support Scheme COVID-19 Quick Response Grants can help you with up to $8,000 for the costs of export and international marking activities.

The quick response grants will help you to survive, adapt and rebound from coronavirus (COVID‑19).

For more information, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

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 phone 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.

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.

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 an investment facilitation service to private investors including foreign, domestic and local. The team will coordinate significant projects for investors through a case management approach to ensure the best outcomes for the project and the Territory. You can contact Investment Territory by email or phone 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

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, phone 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: 20 May 2020

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