The Territory is well recognised as Asia’s gateway to Australia, exporting some of the country’s high value products, with a global reputation for quality and safety. The Territory has a strong network of government agencies ready to support your export journey, whether you are starting out or growing globally.

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade works with Territory businesses to build export capability and enter global markets. Our team can provide you with the relevant advice, information, grants and support to start, run or grow your export business. Our team also support Territory businesses to export through:

  • information about exporting
  • trade policy
  • networking and events
  • trade and investment missions
  • grants and programs
  • access to networks.

To access our services contact Trade and Investment.

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) offers advice to help export-ready Australian companies to reduce the time, cost and risk of exporting. To help you understand if your business is export-ready, Austrade has developed a free guide to exporting. To access the guide, go to the Australian Government Austrade website.

Undertaking market research is essential to achieving success in international business. It is critical to understand market opportunities and the difference between import and export complexities of each country.

Market intelligence, tariff and free trade agreement information is available to assist Territory businesses in preparing market entry strategies.

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Treasury and Finance produce regular analysis of the NT economy, including international trade. For more information, go to the NT Economy website.

Austrade have developed a range of tools and resources that can assist you to start exporting and understand market opportunities for your product or service, including:

Australian Government tools can help you find and understand your export market.

The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provide information on a range of countries to help you know more about the countries you would like to do business with. Resources for exporters include:

The International Trade Centre has developed a range of market analysis tools including maps on international trade, market access, competitiveness, export potential, procurement and sustainability that collectively help improve transparency in international trade and provide information to companies. To find out more about market analysis, go to the International Trade Centre website.

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Tariff Download Facility is a database of comprehensive information on most-favoured-nation applied and bound tariffs at the standard codes of the harmonised system for all WTO members. For more information, go to the World Trade Organization website.

Exporters can access a range of grant and assistance programs to support them in growing their business, going global and scaling-up.

Grants and funding

The Northern Territory Government's Trade Support Scheme can help you offset the costs of international marketing activities. The scheme can provide funding for up to 50% of the cost of approved activities. To find out how to apply, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

The Northern Territory Government is supporting Territory businesses and not-for-profits to start.run.grow. Whether it’s an innovative new idea or a plan to expand your business - we’ve got something to help you at every stage of your business. To find out more, go to the start.run.grow website or contact a small business champion by email businessinfo@nt.gov.au.

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade has an ‘i’ for innovation and a range of services and programs to help you turn your business idea into a commercial reality. To find out about our innovation support, go to the Innovation website.

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. The EMDG scheme encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets and reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000. To apply, go to TradeStart on the Austrade website.


The Local Jobs Fund supports transformative projects and will help high growth potential Territory businesses to increase exports of goods and services both interstate and internationally. For more information on eligibility, go to the Local Jobs Fund website.

Export Finance Australia is the Australian Government’s export credit agency. It provides specialised finance solutions, including loans, bonds and guarantees, to support Australian exporters (including tourism providers), companies in export support supply chains and those investing offshore. To find out how Export Finance Australia could assist your business, go to the Australian Government Export Finance Australia website.

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a $5 billion development financier to provide loans to infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. NAIF’s mission is to be an innovative financing partner in the growth of northern Australia. For more information, go to the Australian Government NAIF website.

Advisory services

Austrade’s TradeStart network assists small and medium sized exporters to achieve long-term success in international markets. The Northern Territory TradeStart advisor is a dedicated resource for Territory export businesses. For more information or to contact a local officer, go to TradeStart on the Austrade website.

The Darwin Innovation Hub is home to the Northern Territory’s leading start up and business growth ecosystem and Darwin’s premier conference and co-working venue. Their Entrepreneurs Program provides practical advice and mentorship from a dedicated team of facilitators, who will work with you to help achieve your business’s vision. For more information, go to the Darwin Innovation Hub website.

The Exporters Council of Australia (ECA) is the Australian peak membership body for companies involved in international business. ECA advocate for and support exporters to increase the international trade performance of Australian business. For more information, go to Exporters Council of Australia website.

As the international arm of the Chamber of Commerce NT, the International Business Council (IBC) encourages and promotes international trade in goods and services with and through the Northern Territory. The IBC is authorised by the Australian Government to issue documentary evidence of origin (certificates of origin) for goods exported from Australia in accordance with the relevant international conventions. The IBC also issue documents such as certificates of free sale, certificates of good manufacturing practice - as well as providing certification services for other documents such as commercial invoices, price lists, agency and distributorship agreements and visa letters. For more information, go to the Chamber of Commerce NT website.

IP Australia, is an Australian Government agency where businesses can get assistance to protect intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. For more information about intellectual property, go to IP Australia website.

The digital economy is expanding rapidly and many markets are experiencing significant growth in online sales. Discover how to expand your business through online exporting.

The Chief Minister's Northern Territory Export and Industry Awards celebrate Territory successes in international and local business. The awards acknowledge the significant contribution of export to our economy and provides Territory wide recognition for exporters who have demonstrated excellence in their industry.

Coordinated by the International Business Council of the Chamber of Commerce NT, the Awards are a prestigious event which support the growth of the Territory’s export sector. Local winners progress as national finalists to the Australian Export Awards, where they are benchmarked against their peers across the country, with winners receiving national recognition for their international success.

For more information on the awards, go the Chief Ministers Northern Territory Export and Industry Awards on the Chamber of Commerce NT website.

For more information on the Australian Awards, go to the Australian Export and Investment Awards website.

This collection of stories showcase how Territory businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, and their communities, benefit from international trade.

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Last updated: 23 February 2021

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