Northern Territory workforce boost - $12.8 million


The Northern Territory Government has announced a $12.8 million package that marks a massive push to fill critical skill shortages across the Territory by targeting workers through significant incentives.

$2.6 million to deliver the Working Holiday Maker Campaign and Tourism and Hospitality Turbo Charge - this program will include a highly-targeted interstate and overseas marketing campaign to attract around 2,000 new tourism and hospitality workers by April to ensure businesses can accommodate customers and deliver services. To find out more go to the Northern Territory Tourism website.

$3 million for an international leisure tourism marketing campaign - this campaign will target specific markets and support airline partnerships, travel trade activity and a range of other marketing activities with Tourism Australia.

$3 million to deliver the Flexible Workforce Initiative Fund - this fund will enable industry to deliver projects and strategies to attract and retain workforces, and it will be managed by a Territory Workforce Advisory Group.

$1.35 million to boost the Territory’s skilled migration capacity - increasing skilled migration in the Territory and providing migration engagement support for Territory businesses.

$1.5 million to refresh the NT’s Global Worker Attraction Program - which targets interstate and overseas markets for workers.

$750,000 to relaunch Work, Stay Play - this highly popular program will resume next month with the additional incentive to support all industries experiencing extreme skill shortages, including construction and aged care.

$600,000 to launch the Worker Connect Platform - which will serve as a multi-purpose online platform to better support overseas skilled workers and connect them with private and public sector jobseekers across the Territory.

Initiatives are also underway by Study NT to attract international students to the Territory, including a destination awareness marketing campaign in key focus markets.

For more information, get the quick summary factsheet PDF (3.3 MB). If you have trouble opening this document or for an alternative version please email

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