The Office of Northern Australia provides analysis and advice to support the continued development of northern Australia.
See news and media for all departmental updates.
6 May 2021
Our next 5 year plan and budget measures for developing northern Australia will support the Australian Government’s JobMaker Plan by driving job creation and industry growth.
9 December 2020
The Statutory Review found the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is successfully driving investment in northern Australia, and makes recommendations to build on this success.
2 December 2020
Our Ministers outlined priorities for the northern Australia development agenda at this year’s conference in Rockhamption, Queensland.
28 October 2020
The Minister reported the Government’s progress and achievements on the northern Australia agenda in a Ministerial Statement to Parliament.
26 August 2020
The Office of Northern Australia has pivoted efforts to relief and recovery to help support and develop the north.
19 August 2020
Since 2015, we’ve delivered 45 out of 51 measures under our white paper on developing northern Australia. On track to full implementation.
12 December 2019
Ministers discussed ways to stimulate economic opportunities and create jobs in northern Australia at a forum in Katherine, Northern Territory.
27 November 2019
Minister Canavan reported progress and key achievements on the government’s northern Australia agenda in a statement to Parliament.
Geoscientific data and technology is supporting water infrastructure, investment and innovation in the north. Dr James Johnson, CEO Geoscience Australia, explains.
8 November 2019
The government is seeking public submissions to inform the review of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
23 September 2019
This month the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia announced a new project in partnership with PwC and Austrade.
9 August 2019
The Northern Australia Strategic Partnership, part of the Council of Australian Governments, met in North Queensland to discuss the northern economic development agenda.
23 July 2019
The Office of Northern Australia exchanged ideas at the 4th Developing Northern Australian Conference 2019 in Karratha, WA.
11 July 2019
We’re launching a new map to inform business, policy and program decisions in Northern Australia.
8 November 2018
The third Ministerial Forum on Northern Development has today mapped out a joint approach to grow our northern tourism and defence industries sectors.
17 October 2018
Minister Canavan has made the third Annual Statement to Parliament on developing Northern Australia.
7 August 2018
The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australian (CRCNA) is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for funding to support collaborative research.
For the Queensland city of Mackay and surrounding areas, it’s become important to plan for a future beyond mining.
Initial dredging work is about to begin on a new port and supply base in the Western Australian town of Onslow.
Tourism operators like Ted Hall from the Kimberleys, are sharing their culture and knowledge of Northern Australia with visitors from around the globe.
Workers from Pacific island countries can now be employed in regional and remote northern Australian businesses for up to three years under the new Pacific Labour Scheme.
Travel and trade in the north is becoming easier, with 31 of the 37 projects committed to under the government’s $700 million Northern Australia roads programs now approved.