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Business Development

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Business development programs in the Northern Territory are offered by a range of partners and can assist operators to:

  • start a new tourism business
  • expand and mature your business
  • develop new tourism product and experiences
  • skills development and training
  • update infrastructure and assets
  • expand into international markets
  • attract business investment

NT Business Development Partners

Tourism NT

Tourism NT supports the tourism industry through multiple initiatives including holistic destination development and improving visitor experience. Tourism NT is dedicated to industry growth and are actively engaging with the wider tourism industry to provide information on existing support programs and services.

Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI)

DTBI supports Northern Territory businesses to start, run and grow. When running a business, access to training, planning, workshops and possible funding to address specific management issues is key to continued success.

If you are a NT business, Aboriginal enterprise or not-for-profit, you can get help from a small business champion who can assist you to identify the types of support your business can access. DTBI also offer support with networking, contacts, information, tools and resources.

Regional Tourism Organisations (RTO's)

Tourism Top End (TTE) and Tourism Central Australia (TCA) are the RTO's of the Northern Territory. TTE and TCA are not-for-profit, innovative membership-based associations that assist a wide variety of stakeholders including individuals, businesses and organisations with the growth of the NT tourism industry. The RTOs are partly funded by the Territory Government (Tourism NT & DTBI) to service tourism operators through business development, capacity building and support programs, industry networking events and advocacy on behalf of the tourism sector.

The Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (AusIndustry)

AusIndustry provides services from government agencies to support businesses across all industries throughout Australia, connecting them with information, grants, registrations and support to help businesses succeed.

The Regional Manager is based in Darwin and provides businesses across the Northern Territory with information about the assistance programs they and other organisations, provide. The Northern Australia Tourism Initiative programs delivered by AusIndustry are targeted towards businesses in the tourism industry.

Business Enterprise Centre, Northern Territory (BECNT)

The BECNT is able to provide independent, detailed business advice based on assessments of the clients business. This low-cost, confidential service to the client aims to resolve and improve financial, management and operational functions of a client’s business. Where the need is identified, the BECNT can refer a business to a specialist professional advisor (solicitor, accountant, digital engagement, human resource manager) to provide specific advice to the client. The BECNT aims to provide business owners both personal and sustainable business success through networks, targeted business workshops and ongoing mentorship opportunities.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

IBA is an Australian Government statutory authority set up to assist Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander owned businesses with economic and development opportunities. IBA offers a range of services including grant opportunities, tailored workshops and business advice.

Page last updated on 21 April 2020