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Northern Australia’s proximity to Asia and other international trading partners makes it a critical global gateway for Australia.

Encouraging investment

The government hosted Northern Australia Investment Forums in 2015 (Darwin) and 2017 (Cairns). The forums helped connect international and domestic investors with northern companies and entrepreneurs, particularly on early-stage ventures.

The 2017 forum showcased Indigenous investment projects with landholders present to engage directly with investors.

To make access to the Major Projects Facilitation Agency easier for major projects in the north, the government has opened an agency office in Darwin.

Links to Asia

The northern agenda is creating stronger links between the north and our regional neighbours. It aligns with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation agendas.

The Our North Our Future White Paper provided $2.5 million to foster business to business links between Australia and Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Activities are underway in these countries.

Supporting biosecurity

Australia’s clean, pest and disease free status is one of our greatest assets. It gives us a competitive edge in a global market that values quality and safety.

To boost the north’s role in protecting Australia’s borders, the Australian Government is expanding Indigenous ranger biosecurity activities in northern Australia.

A Northern Australia Biosecurity Framework Reference Group, provides advice and support to manage biosecurity in northern Australia. It includes representatives of northern jurisdictions, the Office of Northern Australia, Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia.

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Last updated: 13 September 2019

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