Improved stakeholder capability

The department has achieved improved stakeholder capability by facilitating partnerships to build industry capacity, conducting activities to enhance the impact of its research and development, and building stakeholder awareness and understanding of roles and responsibilities.

These outcomes have been met through maintaining strong relationships with key industry stakeholders, including:

  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)
  • Mineral Council of Australia – NT (MCA NT)
  • Extractive Industry Association
  • Hydrogen Mobility Australia
  • Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)
  • NT’s four Aboriginal land councils
  • NT Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA)
  • NT Buffalo Council
  • NT Live Exporters Association
  • Northern Territory Farmers Association (NT Farmers)
  • NT Seafood Council
  • Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT
  • NT Mango Industry Association
  • Australian Mango Industry Association
  • Aboriginal Land and Sea Economic Development Alliance
  • Australian Native Food and Botanicals
  • Natural Resource Management NT
  • Cotton Australia
  • National Beef Research Advisory Committee.


  • Continued formal stakeholder consultation through the Fishery Management Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Delivered Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance training to Aboriginal marine rangers to increase their capacity to provide fisheries enforcement services, with almost 200 Aboriginal rangers completing Certificate II training.


  • Worked with industry to improve regulatory and on‑ground outcomes for exploration, extractives and mining activities, including reviewing mining management plans.
  • Participated in the Safer Together initiative to work with petroleum industry groups to help standardise safety practices.
  • Collaborated with other Australian jurisdictions to develop and maintain the Australian Geoscience Information Network (AusGIN) website and delivery of standard web services to the map portal.
  • Maintained strong relationships with AMEC, APPEA and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA NT) to ensure Resourcing the Territory activities are understood by industry and align with industry needs.
  • Attended annual industry conferences, including NT Resources Week, APPEA and AMEC.
  • Delivered technical presentations, publications and workshops at 2019 Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES 2019) to transfer knowledge to industry.
  • Provided industry with opportunities to access the HyLogger instrument to scan drillcore.
  • Chaired the Ranger Mine Site Closure Technical Committee.
  • Engaged with the Onshore Shale Gas Community and Business Reference Group to build awareness and be provided feedback on implementation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry’s Final Report recommendations.


  • Continued meetings and briefings with Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, RSPCA and through the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
  • Represented the NT at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference (NBRUC) and through work with AgriFutures and MLA.
  • Provided training in medical laboratory science for three students from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and support for veterinary students from across Australia and delivered Working in a Biosecurity Emergency Response training in Darwin and Katherine.
  • Collaborated with industry and across government on research, development and extension, policy and business programs to support agricultural development in northern Australia, including:
    • investigating possible causes for the condition ‘mango dieback’ affecting some growers in the Top End
    • developing plant biosecurity co‑management and biosecurity resilience policies to support industry partnerships and help prioritise activities
    • analysing existing datasets to identify levels of pasture utilisation that optimise breeder herd performance under the Sweet Spot project.
  • Delivered Northern Australian Biosecurity Surveillance and Modern Diagnostic contracts under the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and co‑hosted the National Biosecurity Round Table Forum in Darwin attended by a range of industry and government representatives, including private veterinarians, NT Farmers and NTCA. The round table provided opportunity for consultation on the national biosecurity statement.
  • Delivered extension with the Northern Territory Racing Authority to ensure veterinarians registered in other states understand the obligation for secondary registration in the NT prior to providing veterinary services.
  • Supported capacity‑building in NT agricultural industries by:
    • facilitating rural financial counselling services
    • supporting proactive management of seasonal dry conditions
    • contributing to development of the International Standard on Crocodilian Farming
    • developing best practice guidelines in the mango industry
    • supporting Aboriginal forestry
    • supporting the Aboriginal bush foods industry
    • facilitating Regional Investment Corporation national assistance measures for productivity.
  • Provided carrying capacity, grazing management  and rangeland technical advice, training and mentoring to commercial pastoral producers, the Central Land Council (CLC), the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, the Northern Land Council and Traditional Owners.
  • Engaged with and provided support to the NT regional beef research advisory committees (Katherine Pastoral Industry Advisory Committee, Barkly Regional Advisory Committee and Alice Springs Pastoral Industry Advisory Committee).

Last updated: 23 October 2019

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