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Northern Australia

Northern Australia’s economic development is a priority for the Australian Government. In close cooperation with the governments of the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, the Australian Government has instituted business-friendly reforms committed to developing long term growth in the North.

In an increasingly inter-connected world it is rare for investors to be presented with high-performing yet relatively untapped markets with investor-ready projects and collaborative opportunities in place. Northern Australia is one of very few such markets remaining globally: a frontier market full of possibility yet situated firmly within the safety and security of a successful advanced economy - the Australian economy.

Northern Australia Investment Forum

Following the success of the inaugural Northern Australia Investment Forum held in Darwin in 2015, a second Forum was held in Cairns from 19-21 November 2017.

The Northern Australia Investment Forum is a high level, invitation only event hosting senior leaders from international and Australian companies. The Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to better understand the diversity and scale of investment opportunities available across the resources and energy, agriculture and food and tourism infrastructure industries.

The Forum was hosted by Minister The Hon Mr Steven Ciobo, MP Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Investors had the opportunity to engage with government representatives, industry experts and project proponents.


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Value Proposition

The publication, Northern Australia: emerging opportunities in an advanced economy, assists prospective investors and industry to understand the opportunities for development in Northern Australia.

White Paper

The Prime Minister released the northern Australia White Paper on Friday 19 June 2015. The White Paper outlines the Government’s policy agenda to fully capture the unrealised potential of northern Australia.

Download the White Paper (PDF)

Understanding land tenure in Northern Australia

Understanding land tenure in Northern Australia and successfully navigating the implications of different land tenure options can be fundamental to successful investment. The Northern Australia land tenure website, combined with the interactive map on land tenure in the north, provides business-friendly information on different land titles across northern Australia and an investor focused guide for engaging with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Land Councils.