AGES 2021 is scheduled for 20 to 21 April 2021, with the ice breaker planned for the evening of the 19 April 2021.
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.
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
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.
The department, in conjunction with the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Northern Territory Cattleman’s association (NTCA) will be holding an industry field day at the Victoria River Research Station on 25 and 26 August 2021.
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 - 25 and 26 August 2021
The department, in conjunction with the Northern Territory Cattleman’s association (NTCA) will be holding an industry field day at the Victoria River Research Station on 25 and 26 August 2021.
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: Victoria River Research Station, Stuart Highway
The field day will also include a trade display.
Please register your attendance by Tuesday 17 August 2021.
For more information or to book a trade display contact:
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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 28 August 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 annual Northern Territory (NT) Resources Week is northern Australia’s largest resources and construction 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 1 and 2 September 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
2020 NT Rural Women's Award winner
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.
Amy is passionate about sustainable industries and education with emphasis on supporting and uplifting women in her community.
As the NT winner, Amy received a $10,000 Westpac bursary towards her project that will provide rural communities with much needed STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) engagement through science workshops.
Amy Kirke, the NT winner of the 2020 Rural Women's Award.
Who can apply
- Applications are now closed.
- The award is open to all women involved in rural industries, rural and regional businesses and rural and regional communities.
- Location is no barrier. If you want to create impact, innovate and make a difference and/or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, then we want to hear from you.
- Women must be over the age of 18, and Australian citizens or permanent residents.
- No formal qualifications are required.
What does the winner receive
A $10,000 Westpac bursary is awarded to each state/territory winner, providing the financial resources to bring to life a project or initiative that will benefit rural industries, businesses and/or communities.
The NT winner represents the NT as a finalist in the national award. The national winner will be awarded an additional $10,000 bursary and national runner-up, an additional $5,000.
For more information, go to the AgriFutures™ Australia website.
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
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
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Last updated: 02 July 2021
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