Business development

  • Our Business Growth Program is an innovative package of assistance programs specifically   structured to help build profitable, sustainable and capable businesses.
  • Our small business champions are located across the Northern Territory (NT) to help local business access government programs.
  • Economic development officers support business and industry in all regions of the NT through identifying and project managing strategic economic development initiatives.
  • Workforce training coordinators in the regions are able to support employers by brokering training support and providing program assistance linked to employment. Workforce training coordinators also have a particular focus on improving employment opportunities for local Aboriginal Territorians.
  • Smarter Business Solutions program provides tailored assistance and advice to reduce costs by adopting   efficient, innovative and proven energy, waste and water technologies   and practices.
  • The Biz Secure program helps eligible Territory businesses access funding to make  permanent improvements aimed at enhancing the safety of their premises against  break-ins.
  • The First  Home Buyer Home Renovation Grant program offers businesses an  opportunity to carry out works for first home buyers of an existing dwelling.
  • Business  owners can attend free Business Upskills workshops hosted by industry experts.
  • October Business Month offers  a month long program of inspirational and educational business events.
  • The Aboriginal Business Development Program assists Aboriginal people to enter commercial business or expand   existing businesses creating employment and wealth creation   opportunities.

Skilling Territorians

  • The Industry Buildskills Program assists NT employers to upskill or re-skill existing workers.
  • NT Equity Training Grants support proposals that increase training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
  • The Pre-employment  Training Program gives people practical skills to support them to get a job,  apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • The Aboriginal  Employment Program, includes the Aboriginal Workforce Grants and the Aboriginal Responsive Skilling Grants and supports initiatives linked to demand driven skilling  or employment opportunities in regions and communities.
  • MigrationNT provide  services that support businesses operating in the NT through a  range of activities that help them to engage eligible overseas workers.
  • Employer incentives and assistance are  available for businesses who employ apprentices and trainees in the NT.
  • The NT  Worker Attraction program promotes the NT as a place to work and  live to contribute to a pool of workers ready to meet future industry needs.


  • Mastering  Innovation NT Network provides opportunities for  businesses and entrepreneurs interested in pursuing innovation through  networking, collaboration, events and partnerships.
  • The Business Innovation Support Initiatives program helps business owners to  develop and commercialise their ideas. Both grants and vouchers are available.
  • The Innovator-in-Residence Program provides mentoring and specialist  advice to start-up businesses to help them grow and address the critical  uncertainties faced by small and medium enterprises in the NT.
  • The Trade Support Scheme can provide funding to assist businesses to identify export opportunities, establish new export markets or grow existing export markets.
  • Export ready businesses who want to improve their existing international networks and markets can become a partner in the government’s business delegations to key markets.