The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade will hold its annual, online bull auction on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Supporting beef cattle production industries is an important ongoing Northern Territory Government program to drive growth and diversification of this long-standing, established sector.

The annual bull sale will be conducted online by AuctionsPlus and a full catalogue provided by Elders will be available at the end of June.

To take part, register on the AuctionsPlus website.

The Female Reduction Sale on 4 August 2021 will see selected highly fertile and Territory adapted brahman and composite cows from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade’s select research herds up for auction.

The sale follows the success of the Annual Bull sale. Registration is essential and closes 24 hours prior to auction day.

To take part, register on the AuctionsPlus website.

For more information

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Sale contact: Gretel Bailey-Preston
Livestock Research Officer
Phone: 0448 771 449

Elders Stock Agent: Paul McCormick
Phone: 0419 031 777

Celebrate the passion and dedication that goes into ensuring high-quality food and service continue in the Territory at the 2021 Gold Plate Awards gala dinner in Darwin.

The Hospitality NT Australian Liquor Marketers Gold Plate Awards provide a prime opportunity to showcase the best of the Territory's restaurants and dining establishments, and recognise, promote and reward excellence and best practice in the hospitality industry.

The 2021 gala dinner will be held on Monday 16 August 2021 on the Darwin Esplanade.

For more information, go to the Hospitality NT website.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference provides a platform for leaders, decision makers, industry representatives and community members to lead the way in advancing our northern regions.

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and Developing the North, this long-standing event is designed for attendees to network with key industry leaders and share research, developments and case studies contributing to the growth of northern Australia.

The conference, which offers a mixture of in-person and virtual sessions, will be held from 16 to 18 August 2021 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

2021 theme is Rebound and resilience: leveraging the north’s potential for Australia’s recovery

This year’s theme offers the opportunity to host some exceptional speakers who will provide vital knowledge across all sectors of northern region development.

Topics include: liveability and employment; health and emergency management; Aboriginal leadership and development; energy and water for development diversity; supply chains and innovation in traditional industries; security, defence and our position in the region; and international relations, trade and investment.

View the conference program.

To register, go to the 2021 Developing Northern Australia Conference website.

The Atlantis 2021 Northern Territory (NT) Seafood Industry Awards will embrace the Territory’s tropical vibes and unique seafood scene in cocktail style.

Twelve different award categories are for grabs at this annual event which showcases the Territory’s seafood industry, its value to the economy and the passionate people committed to supplying premium seafood locally, nationally and internationally.

Categories include the Industry Ambassador Award, Primary Producer Award, Business Award, People Development Award, Environment Stewardship Award, Restaurant Award and the coveted Take-Away Fish and Chips Award. One category that will have you hooked is the Young Achiever Award which recognises an individual who has demonstrated a strong and positive impact, and has the potential to develop as a respected seafood industry leader.

Winners of these awards will be nominated as the NT entrant for the National Seafood Industry Awards, held in 2022.

For more details, go to the Northern Territory Seafood Council website.

SYMPLED2021 is a leading education recruitment symposium focusing on rebuilding international student education.

Sponsored by Study Northern Territory, the theme for 2021 is ‘Survive and thrive’ with speakers from education agencies, student councils and government coming together to share their views on bringing back students and restarting student mobility on a larger scale. Other topics include the student voice and experience, and new models of education recruitment.

The symposium will be held in at the Darwin Convention Centre on 3 September 2021.

For more information, go to the SYMPLED2021 website.

The Northern Territory (NT) Government in partnership with key stakeholders is holding a two-day forum to celebrate and acknowledge exceptional Aboriginal leadership and governance.

The highly anticipated 2021 NT Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum is designed to create a space for sharing, learning and exchanging information. Delegates from across the Territory’s regional and remote communities are invited to take part and meet with corporate and government representatives.

Over two days, 16 and 17 September 2021, attendees will discover how Aboriginal people and groups are influencing and reclaiming their leadership and governance to ensure culture, people and places are at the heart of decision making and achieving community aspirations.

Held at Alice Springs Convention Centre, the forum is a key event for Aboriginal affairs in the Territory in 2021. It will include a welcome reception, keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions and a networking event.

To find out more, go to the 2021 NT Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum website.

Winners and finalists of the 2021 Chief Minister's Northern Territory (NT) Export and Industry Awards will be celebrated and applauded at a gala dinner event at the Mindil Beach Casino and Resort, Darwin on 17 September 2021.

The awards are an important tool in the promotion of Territory business on a nation and global scale. They are split into two parts with the NT Export Awards recognising the outstanding achievements and success stories of Territory exporters and industry leaders. Winners progress as finalists to the Australian Export Awards to compete against their peers and receive national recognition.

The Industry Awards promote Territory businesses who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in manufacturing, innovation, resource supply and service, and / or Aboriginal business sectors. Winners receive Territory recognition but do not progress as finalists in the National Awards Program.

This is the 28th year of the NT awards, a program that is coordinated by the International Business Council of the Chamber of Commerce NT.

For more details, go to the Chamber of Commerce NT website.

All facets of industry come together to recognise the Territory’s best builders and celebrate the projects that have won them acclaim at the annual Excellence in Building and Construction (EBC) Awards.

This standout event, hosted by the Master Builders Association of the Northern Territory, attracts key industry players to a black tie gala dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 25 September 2021.

The 2021 EBC Awards night, which features presentations, entertainment and networking opportunities, also provides the foundation on which Territory construction projects can build up to the National Master Builders Awards, held in Perth in November.

For more details and to book tickets, go to the EBC Awards 2021 website.

The Northern Territory (NT) Training Awards are an official recognition of excellence and achievements in gaining the highest standards of knowledge and skills, in contributing to high standards of training, and for personal achievement in the vocational education and training sector. There are individual and organisational awards, 13 in total.

The awards offer finalists the chance to gain personal satisfaction and access opportunities in their industry, and provide the opportunity to be part of an elite group of ambassadors who represent the Territory’s best in vocational education and training.

Winners and runners-up of each category receive a share in cash prizes, and have the opportunity to represent the NT at the Australia Training Awards.

Find out more about the NT Training Awards.

October Business Month (OBM) provides Territory businesses access to a month long program of inspirational and educational events designed to inspire and grow Territory business.

Engaging with thousands of Territorians each year, OBM is in its 27th year, proving that this program is an integral part of the business community's calendar.

In 2021, OBM will continue to provide a high quality, content driven program focussed on delivering practical skills that meet the current critical needs of business and industry across all regions. This year the program aims to include selected keynote speakers, coupled with local Territory speakers, interactive workshops and content relevant to Territory business and industry.

Dates for this year’s OBM will be released soon, to keep up to date head to the OBM website.

For more information, email or phone 08 8999 7171.

Supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this year’s Veterans’ Health Week being held from 16 October to 24 October 2021. Events will also be held throughout the month to ensure there are multiple opportunities for the veteran community to take part.

Physical activity is an important contributor to emotional, mental and physical well-being. Veterans’ Health Week is a great opportunity for veterans and their families to get active and participate in events being run by the local working group.

If you want to find out more about these events, or to confirm your attendance, get in touch with the event organisers. Some activities may have limited places, so make sure you RSVP to secure a place.


Time Event titleHost Contact details
Saturday 2 October
9am to 10:30am Darwin Waterfront Obstacle Course Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
Monday 4 October
9am to 1pm Activity - mini golf, archery and driving range plus BBQ lunch Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Tuesday 5 October
9am Coffee catch-up and breakfast Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
Wednesday 6 October
5pm to 7pm Sailing evening Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
Thursday 7 October
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0458 014 507
Friday 8 October
1pm BBQ lunch and table tennis tournament round 1 Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
4pm to 7pm Family fun day - Top End Multi Sport Larrakeyah Family Group Charne Saunders
Phone: 0447 586 591
Saturday 9 October
9am Neuron scooter CBD treasure hunt and drink / snake - Darwin CBD and Mad Snake Café Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
2pm to 6pm Paddle boarding - Darwin Harbour Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0458 014 507
Monday 11 October
8am to 10pm Hiking day, 5km and breakfast - Stokes Hill around CBD Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Tuesday 12 October
9am Coffee catch-up and breakfast Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
  Learn to dance - 13/1 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove Rix Kix Samantha Maloney
Phone: 0490 151 944
Wednesday 13 October
5pm to 7pm Sailing evening Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
5pm to 8pm Clay target shooting - Marrara Sporting Complex Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
Thursday 14 October
9:30am Paddleboards and BBQ - Lake Alexander Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
10am to 6pm Fishing charter - Darwin Harbour Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
Friday 15 October
7am to 9am Friday foreshore walk and breakfast - Nightcliff Foreshore Cafe Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
1pm BBQ lunch and table tennis tournament round 2 Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Saturday 16 October
8am to 12noon Kayaking - Nitmuluk Gorge Network Tindal Sarah Loftus
Phone: 0407 666 376
9am to 10:30am Darwin Waterfront obstacle course Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
12:30pm 007 jet ski assignment - Stokes Hill Wharf Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
  DRA step challenge - virtual event Disaster Relief Australia Lee Dalzell
Sunday 17 October
10am Family sports day and BBQ - Berry Springs Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
9am to 12noon Horseriding Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
Monday 18 October
9am to 1pm Flight path activity - mini golf, archery and driving range plus lunch Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Tuesday 19 October
7am Yoga and bacon and egg breakfast Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
Wednesday 20 October
10am Lawn Bowls - Nightcliff Sports Club RSL Darwin Dan Tellam
Phone: 0439 659 382
9am to 12noon Coffee making course - Mad About Coffee, Parap Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
Thursday 21 October
10am to 2pm Water fun day (kayaking and paddleboards) and family picnic - Lake Bennett Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
Friday 22 October
1pm BBQ lunch and table tennis tournament final Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
4:30pm to 7:30pm Family skate night Network Kindal Sarah Loftus
Phone: 0407 666 376
5:30pm Lawn Bowls - Nightcliff Sports Club RSL Darwin Dan Tellam
Phone: 0439 659 382
  Resin workshop Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
Saturday 23 October
9:30am Mahjong taining and family champions playoff - Made Snake Café Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
11:30am Exercise mud skipper - Stokes Hill Wharf Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
8am to 12noon Kayaking - Nitmuluk Gorge Network Tindal Sarah Loftus
Phone: 0407 666 376
9am to 12noon Coffee making course - Mad About Coffee, Parap Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
  Mountain biking in Darwin Darwin Off Road Cyclists Jo Fox
Phone: 0439 889 442
Sunday 24 October
10am to 12noon All ages yoga - Lyons Community Centre Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
Tuesday 26 October
9am Coffee catch-up and breakfast Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
Wednesday 27 October
5:30pm to 7pm Childrens circus and movement workshop Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
Thursday 28 October
  Half-day Blue Waters fishing charter Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0458 014 507
Sunday 31 October
8am to 1pm ATV tours - Batchelor Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837

The department is proud to support Veterans' Health Week 2021.

Veterans and family support

If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call:

  • Triple zero (000) if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else
  • Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046
  • Safe Zone Support, free anonymous counselling line on 1800 142 072
  • Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608
  • ADF mental health all-hours support line on 1800 628 036
  • Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14
  • 1800RESPECT, National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732.

You can also find links to additional support on the Australian Government's Department of Veterans' Affairs website.

The Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network is hosting the 10th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum (previously known as Indigenous Economic Development Forum) in Alice Springs from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 October 2021.

The Forum will provide an opportunity for Aboriginal businesses from across the NT to showcase their products and services to key stakeholders with a vested interest in progressing Aboriginal economic development.

Building on previous forums, there will be an emphasis on encouraging the sharing of knowledge, experiences and connecting and strengthening relationships between Aboriginal entrepreneurs, private sector, industry, government and non-government organisations.

The Forum is one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal economic development specific events.

For more information, email

Registrations are now open

The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

Amy Kirke is the 2020 Rural Women’s Award winner for the Northern Territory (NT) and will go on to represent the NT as a finalist in the national award being announced on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

Applications for the NT Rural Women’s Award 2022

  • Open on Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Close on Friday 28 January 2022

Please be aware the NT nomination deadline closes later than other states.

To read more about the awards and winners visit NT Rural Women's Award.

The annual Northern Territory (NT) Resources Week is northern Australia’s largest resources industry based networking, conference and exhibition experience.

Now in its 13th year, this joint event unites three of northern Australia’s foremost resource industry events: The South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference (SEAAOC), Mining the Territory Conference and the Environmental Management and Logistics Forum.

Run in partnership with the NT Government, NT Resources Week is a leading meeting point for captains of industry in mining, exploration, engineering, oil and gas, constructions and environmental management across northern Australia and South East Asia. It will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre on 27 and 28 October 2021.

What is the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference?

SEAAOC is northern Australia’s largest and longest established petroleum conference and brings together major players involved within Australasia’s oil, gas and petroleum industries. A joint initiative between Informa Australia and the NT Government, SEAAOC is a significant international opportunity to discuss key oil, gas and petroleum developments located across northern Australian and South East Asia.

Key themes for 2021 include:

  • Energy transition, electrification and decarbonisation: Examining the role that the oil and gas sector will play.
  • Australian economic update: Will we see a resurgence of the ‘Roaring 20s’ in the global economy?
  • NT’s role in the ‘gas-led recovery’ for Australia.
  • A look at the National Gas Infrastructure Plan and the Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing Road Map.
  • An industry changing and repositioning: the shift to hydrogen by big oil and engineering companies.
  • Onshore and offshore gas: project updates, reserves, economic benefits, investment and infrastructure:
    • a focus on Beetaloo and McArthur Basins updates
    • workforce and skills shortages.
  • Gas’s critical role in facilitating a resurgent manufacturing sector.
  • Potential for a gas-led manufacturing sector in the Top End.
  • The drive for decarbonisation and carbon neutral LNG.
  • Renewable hydrogen: investment, opportunities, and the outlook for using gas networks to scale up hydrogen.
  • Has the time for floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) come and gone?
  • Decommissioning offshore oil / gas assets: the outlook and opportunity.
  • Liquid fuel security and storage in Australia.
  • The east coast gas shortage situation.

What is the Mining the Territory Conference?

A unique networking opportunity and the Top End’s leading minerals conference, Mining the Territory provides the platform to engage with leading industry executives, government representatives, resource experts, regional stakeholders and Northern Australia’s services and supply sector.

Key topics include:

  • Commodities outlook covering each of the Territory’s current and proposed export minerals with short to long-term analysis of their markets.
  • Operational and development insights from existing and near-term mines.
  • Updates from the Territory’s prospective explorers and geological experts.
  • Government commentary on sector development, growth strategies and ongoing initiatives.
  • A look at how the NT minerals sector is engaging with its locals, supporting its communities and ensuring local content.

What is the Environmental Management and Logistics Forum?

The Environmental Management and Logistics Forum will bring together environmental practitioners and members of the resources industry to showcase ways for the mining and onshore gas sectors to better manage their environmental impact, while also supporting stakeholder engagement and regional development.

Key themes for 2021 include:

  • Government approvals: recent and proposed regulatory changes.
  • Mine site rehabilitation: closure planning during early mine site planning, feasibility and an expectation of the regulators, assessment delays.
  • Project and development updates from major mining and onshore gas companies.
  • Mining exploration activities.
  • Community and stakeholder engagement, local content and regional development / Aboriginal landholder engagement.
  • Environmental innovation: drones and 3D scanning.
  • Cleaner energy practices / clean energy powerhouse.
  • Environmental Management Plan: updates and challenges.
  • Sustainable energy future and emissions reduction.
  • Assessment and management of water quality issues across the energy (shale gas), gold and base mining sectors.
  • Hydraulic fracturing.
  • Mining operations adopting hydrogen.

For more information and to register, go to the Northern Territory Resources Week website.

Live exporters and producers will head to Darwin for the 2021 LIVEXchange conference, a major event for Australia’s livestock export industry.

Held every two years, the conference is a joint venture between the Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC).

This year the theme is ‘From here to there together: strengthening our foundations and creating connections’. Discussions will centre on the logistics of getting livestock from Australia around the world, the strength of our markets, and the values shared by everyone in the supply chain, from Australian producers to the families being fed with quality Australian meat overseas.

LIVEXchange 2021 will be hosted by the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters’ Association (NTLEA) at the Darwin Convention Centre on 10 and 11 November 2021, with a welcome reception, gala dinner and charity auction.

For more information, go to the LIVEXchange 21 website.

The purpose of field days is to:

  • demonstrate the latest department research
  • discuss the challenges impacting producers and growers
  • showcase technology and innovation, and
  • support knowledge sharing between government, industry and producers.

Extension encourages the uptake of research and technology on farms to improve outcomes for Northern Territory agricultural producers.

Field days reinforce the department’s support on the ground to deliver greater ‘on farm’ impact of research work.

The department invites interested pastoralists, growers, business owners, industry organisations and research bodies to attend agricultural field days.

Victoria River Research Station field day - 19 and 20 November 2021

The department, in conjunction with the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association, will be holding an industry event, including a research field day and Beef Up forum.

The event planned for Victoria River Research Station on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 August 2021 has been moved to the Daly Waters Historic Pub on Friday 19 November and Saturday 20 November 2021. The venue has been changed to provide more suitable accommodation for attendees staying overnight when it would otherwise be uncomfortably warm at the Victoria River Research Station.

The field day will hold the Meat and Livestock Australia BeefUp forum which provides northern Australian beef producers an opportunity to interact with expert speakers and proactively examine developing issues and opportunities within the industry including:

  • carbon farming opportunities
  • maximising the beef enterprise profitability
  • effective rangeland management
  • update on ongoing research.

Time: 8am to 4.30pm
Location: Daly Waters Historic Pub, Stuart Highway

The field day will also include a trade display.


For more information or to book a trade display contact:

Eleanor Fordyce
Pastoral Extension Officer
Phone: 0456 752 319

Field day news

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AGES 2022 is scheduled for 5 to 6 April 2022, with the ice breaker planned for the evening of the 4 April 2022.

AGES is held every year in Alice Springs and is the Territory’s premier exploration focused event. AGES is a technical exploration conference with a range of talks from the NTGS, its research partners and the exploration industry.

For the latest information on current and past AGES events, visit the Resourcing the Territory website.

A range of tourism industry events are held annually.

For the list of available events, go to the Tourism NT website.

These are also emailed out via regular Tourism NT Industry Updates. For more information, simply register online on the Tourism NT website.

WorldSkills Australia is a national organisation that has been actively celebrating and promoting the standards and status of vocational training and skills excellence since 1981.

WorldSkills Australia not only showcases skills for the economic prosperity of Australia, it also equips young Australians with the skills to compete in the globalised economy of the future.

Through the programs of competitions and international pathways, WorldSkills Australia inspires excellence in skills and instils confidence in young people to succeed. They achieve this goal through competitions held on a regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially.

Regional competitions lead into national competitions and national competition winners, if eligible, can become members of the Team Australia Skillaroos.

Through it’s program of competitions, WorldSkills Australia aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill, to choose a skill-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make.

WorldSkills Australia is more than just Australia’s biggest and most prestigious skills competition. The competitions unearth ‘Skill Ambassadors’ - the perfect role models for all young Australians who are contemplating their futures, and examples for all Australians of what can be achieved in a trade or skills-based career.

Find out more about WorldSkills Australia.

WorldSkills Australia national update

WorldSkills Australia national competitions are postponed until 2021.

Due to the restrictions in place for coronavirus (COVID-19), the WorldSkills national competition and skills show will be postponed until 2021.

From 28 April to 2 May 2021, young apprentices and trainees will showcase and benchmark their skills on the national stage, competing against their industry peers from across Australia.

Northern Territory national team for 2021

Open category competitors

Chloe Taylor Darwin Cookery
Kaiden Oats Darwin Hairdressing
Daimon Martin Darwin Retail baking bread
Ella Adami Alice Springs Beauty therapy


NT regional contact:

Caitlin Temple
Events Coordinator
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Phone: 08 8935 7171

Last updated: 02 July 2021

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