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  • 29 Oct 2023 11:59 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    Local exporters now have greater access to Austrade services and overseas networks following the appointment of Northern Territory based TradeStart advisor, Iain Forrest.

    TradeStart is an extension of Austrade and brings the Northern Territory into a network of experienced advisors across Australia who provide practical export advice to enterprises to grow their international business.

    Mr Forrest has previously worked for the NT Farmers Association and brings a wealth of business experience to the position.

    Mr Forrest said he was extremely excited to commence in the role of TradeStart Advisor.

    “I look forward to supporting Territory businesses to export to international markets. The NT produces world class products and services, I am proud to assist businesses to put our products on a global stage.”

    “Enhancing the value of our NT export industry is key to helping the NT grow to a $40 billion economy by 2030. My focus will be to support a wide range of small to medium businesses to export and create jobs for locals.”

    “As a born and raised Territorian, I am passionate about finding opportunities to export our unique Territory products and raising the profile of industry in the NT.”

    Mr Forrest will assist Territory businesses develop their export capacity, increasing international trade which will help attract new investment and create local jobs.

    TradeStart also provides an opportunity for the Territory Government to work more closely with other key agencies and stakeholders to better co-ordinate export assistance and maximise international success for Territory businesses.

    You can get in touch with Iain on

    Source: Business Bulletin 

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

  • 27 Oct 2023 12:23 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    Joint Media release with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese MP.

    The Albanese Government has announced a $2 billion expansion in critical minerals financing, which will solidify Australia's position as a world leading provider, help the transition to net zero, boost the economy and support more jobs and opportunities for Australians.

    Critical minerals, including rare earths, are the building-blocks for a clean energy future, and are essential to achieving Australia's energy transition. This significant commitment will double the capacity of the Critical Minerals Facility to finance Australian critical minerals mining and processing projects.

    This expansion of the Critical Minerals Facility takes the Government's value-adding investments in Australian resources to $6 billion. Investing in critical minerals financing will bolster the sector in Australia, resulting in technology, skills, jobs and economic benefits for Australians.

    Prime Minister Albanese and Resources Minister Madeleine King announced the $2 billion expansion, surrounded by Australian and US industry leaders, after the inaugural meeting of the Australia-United States Taskforce on Critical Minerals.

    This Taskforce is an important component of building our Alliance with the United States for the future and delivers on commitments made by President Biden and Prime Minister Albanese at Hiroshima earlier this year.

    A sustainable and reliable supply of critical minerals is vital to supporting the Australian and United States' manufacturing sectors. Australia is ideally positioned to provide responsibly-produced and processed critical minerals to fulfil this demand.

    Working with international partners is essential for Australia to deliver on emissions reduction targets, decarbonise our economy and build our clean energy industries.

    Cooperation with the United States on critical minerals is central to the Climate, Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Transformation Compact. The Compact affirms the position of climate and clean energy as the third pillar of Australia's alliance with the United States.

    The expanded Critical Minerals Facility supports the Australian Government's Critical Minerals Strategy 2023-2030.

    Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese:

    "My Government is committed to transforming Australia into a renewable energy superpower, and harnessing the critical minerals we have at home is crucial to achieving this.

    "Australians will benefit through this investment in critical minerals, through technology, skills, jobs and economic gains.

    "Australia is committed to building sustainable and secure critical minerals supply chains with the United States. This is central to building a clean energy future and delivering economic growth.

    "The expansion of the Critical Minerals Facility will help to build supply chains with the United States and support our shared clean energy, manufacturing and defence ambitions."

    Quotes attributable to Resources Minister Madeleine King:

    "The Australia-United States Taskforce on Critical Minerals will be a key part of progressing our work under the Compact. This week we agreed on priority areas of work and immediate actions such as joint supply chain mapping and deeper cooperation between our science agencies on critical minerals.

    "The road to net zero runs through Australia's resources sector.

    "The Australian Government is providing significant support to de-risk investment in Australia's critical minerals sector. The Critical Minerals Facility is a cornerstone of that support, providing finance to strategically significant projects which can crowd in private investment.

    "Coupled with our support for processing, we are well positioned to be a world leading provider of critical minerals, including rare earths elements, and to support global efforts on clean energy transformation."


    The Hon Madeleine King MP

    Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia

  • 26 Oct 2023 3:46 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Territory Labor Government continues to deliver the Northern Territory’s ambitious response to climate change.

    Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security Lauren Moss has tabled the third annual progress report highlighting significant progress made in our commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

    The Territory Labor Government has also committed to reducing its operational greenhouse gas emissions by 47% by 2030 - an unprecedented commitment for the Northern Territory Government, recognising the need to lead by example when it comes to emissions reduction and decarbonisation.

    The Climate Change Response: Towards 2030 Annual Progress Report outlines key achievements in the past 12 months aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while pushing towards a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

    Key achievements include:

    • Continued progress to increase renewables including the $45 million Darwin-Katherine Battery Energy Storage system, known as the ‘big battery’ with all batteries installed earlier this year

    The Climate Change Response recognises the opportunities that will come from emissions reduction and the transition to a low carbon future, while growing the economy in a sustainable way.

    To learn more and view the latest climate change report visit

    Quotes to attribute to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security Lauren Moss:

    “Actions over the past three years have laid strong foundations to enable the Territory to progress economic growth, achieve our decarbonisation objectives and provide a platform to build our net zero future.

    “Climate change remains one of the greatest global threats and the Territory Labor Government will continue to drive our transition to a low carbon future and harness opportunities to reduce emissions.

    “The work certainly doesn’t stop, and I look forward to releasing further strategies for emissions reduction and climate adaptation for public consultation in the coming months.”

    Source: NT Government Newsroom

  • 25 Oct 2023 12:04 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) will be commencing an apprentice and trainee attraction campaign over the coming weeks.

    Working with industry, the idea of the campaign is to attract and inspire potential apprentices and engage them in the training and apprenticeship system. The campaign will share short videos showing how other young Territorians, such as participants from DITT Training Awards, took their first steps to ‘build, create, grow’ their own careers.

    Using TV ads and social media the campaign will be delivered in two parts commencing this week and into November, with a second burst in late January to early February. The call to action is to drive people to

    Attracting apprentices and trainees is integral to ensuring the Territory maintains a skilled workforce that meets the current and future needs of Territory employers and all sectors.

    For more information, click here

    Follow these links to view to LinkedIn and Facebook campaigns.

  • 25 Oct 2023 11:56 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)


    • During the quarter, Tamboran drilled and cemented the Shenandoah South 1H (SS1H) and Amungee NW 3H (A3H) wells within EP 117 and 98, respectively. The wells were drilled with the H&P super-spec FlexRig® Flex 3 rig and delivered significant improvements in drilling efficiency.
    • The SS1H well successfully intersected 90 metres of high quality Mid Velkerri B Shale, the thickest section to date within the Beetaloo Basin depocentre. Logging of the shale formation indicated higher porosity and gas saturation relative to offset wells.
    • The A3H well was successfully drilled and cemented in less than 18 days, the fastest well drilled to Total Depth (TD) with a horizontal section into the Mid Velkerri B Shale to date. The well was drilled ~20 days faster and ~30% lower cost than the A2H well from the same pad.
    • Tamboran announced a 32 per cent increase in Beetaloo Basin unrisked 2C contingent gas resources to 2.0 TCF following the drilling of the Maverick 1V (M1V) well in EP 136.
    • During the quarter, Tamboran signed six Letters of Intent (LOIs) with Australia’s largest gas and energy retailers for 600 – 875 TJ per day (220 – 320 PJ per annum) for up to 10 – 15 years, demonstrating long term domestic demand for Beetaloo Basin gas supplies.
    • In October, Tamboran announced the intention to re-domicile to the United States by way of a Scheme of Arrangement (Scheme). Tamboran will remain listed on the ASX via CHESS depositary interests (CDIs) under the TBN ticker. 
    • Tamboran commenced Concept Select engineering studies with Wood Group in relation to the Company’s proposed NTLNG development at Middle Arm.
    • In September, Tamboran announced the appointments of Ms. Stephanie Reed and Mr. Ryan Dalton as Non-Executive Directors to the Board of Tamboran Resources Limited. 

    At 30 September 2023, the Company had a cash balance of A$33.5 million.

    To view the full ASX announcement, click here.


  • 25 Oct 2023 9:32 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Territory Labor Government is investing in new recycling infrastructure projects with a new $1.5 million grant program, Circular Economy NT (CENT) opening for applications today.

    CENT supports projects that create opportunities to grow the Territory economy by turning waste into a valuable commodity.

    The new grant program was established to support the recycling industry including infrastructure expansions or upgrades to address gaps within the Territory’s waste recycling and reprocessing capabilities.

    CENT is focused on building a stronger onshore recycling and manufacturing industry whilst simultaneously addressing the Northern Territory’s regional and remote waste challenges.

    Eligible projects include those that create or improve recycling, reuse or remanufacturing of waste currently going to landfill.

    The fund aims to prioritise two waste streams: C&D (construction and demolition) and FOGO (food organics and garden organics) but will also accept applications for projects addressing C&I (commercial and industrial) and E-waste (electronic waste including PV Solar Panels).

    Projects need to demonstrate economic development opportunities through the development of new domestic markets for recycled materials.

    Adopting new approaches to the way we reprocess waste will create significant economic and environmental benefits for all Territorians.

    Grants of a minimum of $50,000 are available for approved projects with 50:50
    co-contribution required from applicants.

    Applications close Friday 5 January 2024 and will be assessed on a competitive basis. For further information and to apply visit

    Quotes from Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security Lauren Moss:

    “The Circular Economy NT (CENT) grant program provides an opportunity for businesses, industry and government to work together to reduce waste and lay a foundation for an efficient and modern recycling industry in the Territory.

    “Investing in efficient waste management systems is crucial for the environment and a priority of the Territory Labor Government.

    “Proper waste management not only reduces the negative impact on the environment but also helps to cut costs and increase efficiency.”

    Source: NT Government Newsroom

  • 24 Oct 2023 10:13 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Territory Labor government is backing mining in the Barkly Region, with another milestone reached by Avenira Limited.

    Avenira Limited’s Mining Management Plan (MMP) has been approved under the Mining Management Act 2001, authorising mining to commence at the company’s Wonarah Phosphate Project.

    The Wonarah Phosphate Project is located 300km east of Tennant Creek and will initially create 25 jobs, increasing to 50 during the Direct Shipping Ore program.

    First exports will be for phosphate rock and later exports will supply Avenira Limited’s Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) project at the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.

    Both projects provide significant economic and strategic opportunities for the Northern Territory.

    Traditionally, phosphate has been used in agricultural fertiliser and is now in increasing demand for use as a critical mineral in electric vehicles and energy storage batteries.

    Avenira Limited signed a Mining Agreement with the Arruwurra Aboriginal Corporation in July, creating pathways to sustainable commercial outcomes and social benefits for Arruwurra’s members.

    The agreement will ensure local aboriginal people and businesses are given first consideration for employment or contracting opportunities.

    The Authorisation recognises the prior environmental impact assessment and recommendations made in the NT Environment Protection Authority’s Environmental Assessment Report 64.

    Quotes attributable to Minister for Mining and Industry, Nicole Manison:

    “In huge news for the Territory economy and a big win for jobs in the Barkly - Avenira Limited has met its regulatory obligations and is now authorised to commence mining.

    “The Wonarah Phosphate Project further cements the Territory’s reputation as a globally significant hub for resources and critical minerals.

    “This is the 9th significant mine approval in the past three years and is further proof the Territory Labor Government is backing our resources industry.

    “We have the resources the world needs to transition to net-zero emissions and green energy and we support the projects that make this happen.”

    Quotes attributable to Avenira Limited Director, Brett Clark:

    “We are delighted the Northern Territory Government has approved our Mining Management Plan.

    “This is a crucial step in delivering our mining project, which will provide feedstock for our proposed LFP cathode production plant.

    “Completing this project will see Darwin become a key supplier of critical materials to the global battery market.

    “The signing of the MMP follows the conclusion recently of formal agreements with our technology partner Aleees, which shows this project is moving forward very positively.”

    Source: NT Government Newsroom

  • 24 Oct 2023 9:35 AM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Empire team is pleased to have received this R&D tax offset as it positions us to focus on completing the Pilot Project FID process. We are making material progress on the Pilot Project, advancing:

    1. Field Development Planning, including identifying locations for and the design of development wells and surface facilities;
    2. Pipeline access negotiations;
    3. A formal gas sales marketing process;
    4. Regulatory and indigenous approvals; and
    5. Planning for project financing.

    Empire’s focus is on funding the Pilot Project in a manner that minimizes dilution of shareholder’s interests in the Company. To that end, Empire is discussing potential debt options with lenders and has commenced discussions with parties interested in acquiring a direct working interest in the project in exchange for funding development activities.

    We look forward to updating shareholders as these value accretive initiatives progress."

    Source: Empire Energy Group

    Please click here to read the full announcement.

  • 23 Oct 2023 12:32 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    The Territory and Federal Governments have signed a landmark Skills Agreement for the Northern Territory.

    Starting from January next year, the five-year National Skills Agreement (NSA) was developed and agreed to by National Cabinet, and replaces the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD).

    The National Skills Agreement will provide up to $155 million over five years for the Territory skills and training sector. This is around $80 million more than the current NASWD Special Purpose Payments.

    The Agreement includes a range of reforms which expand the Territory’s support to further develop our regional and remote communities, and ensure we have the workforce we need.

    The NSA is complementary to the reforms underway in skilled migration and will assist in addressing workforce shortages over the longer term in the NT by providing local training opportunities and support the achievement of a $40 billion economy by 2030.

    The NT has historically been a major contributor to VET, currently contributing 82% of funding to the sector, well above the national average of 60%.

    The NT has the highest levels of student and employer satisfaction including a satisfaction rate of 90% for all government funded VET graduates, 95% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates and 84% for NT employers.

    Quotes attributed to Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles:

    “Through my Governments work at National Cabinet and skills sector, we have advocated for this $155 million skills deal which will help boost our skilled opportunities and will help meet our workforce shortfall in critical sectors.

    “We know how important it is for Territory students to have access to learning and training opportunities and courses. As well as business having access to home grown skilled workers.

    “The Territory Labor Government continues to have a large investment in skills, with one of the highest ratio of state allocated government funds for VET.”

    Quotes attributed to the Minister for Business, Jobs and Training, Paul Kirby:

    “The Territory Labor Government has worked with the Federal Government to show our commitment to skilling Territorians and improving our workforce.

    “We need to train people now for the jobs of the future so we are ready to capitalise on projects which continue to bolster our economy.

    “In the NT, 92% of VET graduates in the NT were employed and/or continued on to further study after completing their training - well above the national average and the highest result in Australia.”

    Quotes attributed to Federal Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling OAM MP:

    "This National Skills Agreement, combined with our Fee-Free TAFE places, will mean more aged care workers, more child care workers, more hospitality workers, and more Territorians with the skills that they need, but also the skills that our economy needs."

    "This investment is on top of $414 million already committed for the delivery of a nationwide total 300,000 Fee-Free TAFE places from 2024."

    “This creates more opportunities for young people, for mature age Territorians, for people living with disability, and for regional and remote learners - as well as improving women’s economic participation and Closing the Gap for Aboriginal Territorians.”

    Quotes attributed to Charles Darwin University TAFE Deputy Chief Executive Robert Scherwdt:

    “As the Northern Territory’s largest training provider, CDU TAFE is committed to working with the government and industry to develop our skilled workforce and be agile in the changing job market.

    “The finalising of this agreement comes at a time when CDU TAFE continues to develop its footprint across the Northern Territory with on-country training, growing our presence in all the regions, and more resources dedicated to responding to the needs of regional and remote communities in and around Central Australia.”

    Source: NT Government Newsroom

  • 21 Oct 2023 12:22 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

    Joint media release with Trade and Tourism Minister, Senator the Hon Don Farrell.

    Trade and Tourism Minister Don Farrell and Resources Minister Madeleine King have welcomed moves by Export Finance Australia (EFA) to join in the financing of Liontown’s Kathleen Valley Lithium project, which will see 500,000 tonnes of exportable lithium produced for markets including Korea and the United States.

    EFA is providing $220 million to the project through an export credit agency (ECA) Facility, alongside a syndicate of commercial banks and funders. 

    The ECA Facility will also allow for the potential later participation of export credit agency counterparts, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and the Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure) in the project, subject to EXIM and K-Sure eligibility criteria and credit and risk requirements being met. 

    Minister Farrell welcomed the project and said it was a demonstration of how EFA is financing the sector, working alongside Australia’s international partners. 

    “This project will help to diversify global critical mineral supply chains, including through supplying to Korea and the United States,” Minister Farrell said.

    “It is another example of how more trade and investment means more jobs for Australian workers.”

    The project is expected to create around 800 jobs during construction, and around 600 jobs ongoing. 

    Minister King said the investment was significant for Western Australia and showed how the Government was supporting the growing critical minerals industry. 

    “The road to net zero runs through Australia’s resources industry,” Minister King said. 

    “Australian critical minerals projects are vital to ensuring the world has a stable, reliable source of materials to power the energy transition.

    “Global demand for critical minerals needed for electric vehicles and battery technologies is increasing as the world moves to decarbonise, and Australia is key to meeting this demand.”

    Provision of EFA finance is subject to all financing conditions and regulatory approvals being met.


    The Hon Madeleine King MP

    Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia

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