Government Support
  • Business Support

Local Jobs Fund

Aimed at creating more local jobs and accelerating major and significant projects in the Territory. 

The fund is a co-investment fund which supports economic transformational projects and helps high growth potential to increase exports of goods and services both interstate and overseas. 

The fund offers three levels of support:

  • Business Investment Concessional Loans
  • Equity Co-investment
  • Grants program.

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  • Aboriginal Business

Indigenous Business Australia

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) was created to assist and enhance the economic development opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

IBA serves, partners and invests with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to own their future. We go further than provide money; we invest in people, places and ideas that can’t wait. We help make them real.

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  • Training and Education

Biomedical Translation Fund

Venture capital through licensed private sector fund managers to develop biomedical discoveries, therapeutic, medical or pharmaceutical, into tangible products, services and outcomes.

The Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) Program policy objectives are to:

  • invest in promising biomedical discoveries and assist in their commercialisation
  • encourage the development of companies commercialising biomedical discoveries by addressing capital and management constraints

The program supports biomedical discoveries that commercialise health and medical research outcomes. This will improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through targeted investment in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The discoveries can be therapeutic, medical or pharmaceutical. They can be a product, process, service (including digital health services), technology or procedure.

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  • Business Support
  • Innovation Commercialisation

Business Innovation Program

The Business Innovation Program is currently closed for applications.

If you’re a Territory business, start-up or entrepreneur with an innovative idea, you can apply for the Business Innovation Program (BIP) 2.0.

The program aims to:

  • support development and accelerate commercialisation of innovation in the Territory
  • diversify the Territory’s Innovation Ecosystem, through new knowledge transfer into the Territory
  • attract additional investment into innovation in the Territory.

The program 2.0 offers:

  • mentoring from an innovation advisor
  • funding towards innovation development
  • investment and networking opportunities to support Territory businesses to successfully develop and commercialise innovation.

The program is run in 3 stages:

  • stage 1: planning
  • stage 2: development
  • stage 3: commercialisation.

For a detailed process of the steps Business Innovation Program 2.0 Roadmap

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  • Business Support
  • Training and Education

Business Acceleration Program

Accelerate company growth and compete in a global marketplace.

The Business Acceleration Program (BAP) is an initiative of the Northern Territory (NT) Government. Assessment clinics and growth ramp programs are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, NT. The Growth Modules and Execute & Grow programs are hosted by the Darwin Innovation Hub. These business growth programs are designed and delivered by the Australian Centre for Business Growth.

Businesses must be small and medium sized companies with between 5 and 199 full-time employees, who are experiencing growth and are looking to reach the next stage and meet standard eligibility requirements.

News items:


Keith Jury admits that he was taught painful - but extraordinarily useful - lessons when he attended the Business Acceleration Program.

“I was shown that I was doing nearly everything wrong and, in effect, had to start again.”

Keith, who owns a solar installation and maintenance company called Darwin Solar, is the inventor of SolFlow, a solar-powered hybrid system that filters, chlorinates and heats swimming pools from as little as 3 solar panels. But his biggest selling product is a hybrid hot water system. He attended the first 3-day Business Acceleration Program education seminar and was so impressed that he has signed up for the other 2.

Read Keith's story

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  • Business Support

Research and development tax incentive

Innovate and grow with offset costs of eligible research and development.

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  • Business Support
  • Innovation Commercialisation

Self-Employment Assistance

Self-Employment Assistance can help you turn your business idea or existing small business into a viable business. The program allows you to choose the level of support that meets your needs and the needs of your small business.

Self-Employment Assistance replaced the New Business Assistance with NEIS program in July 2022.

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  • Aboriginal Business

Aboriginal Business Development Program

The program assists Aboriginal people interested in starting or expanding their business in the Northern Territory.

You can get help with:

  • business growth and sustainability
  • creating new enterprises
  • increasing the number of Aboriginal owned and operated businesses
  • increasing your knowledge and skills
  • creating new employment
  • developing new skills.

You will get one-on-one support from a small business champion.

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  • Business Support
  • Innovation Commercialisation

CSIRO funding and programs

Programs and funding streams designed to remove common roadblocks to innovation and progress.

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  • Business Support

SME business grants and funding

Business grants and funding offered by the Northern Territory Government.

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  • Business Support


Programs and incentives to assist businesses and industry to grow and thrive.

We have a national network of more than 200 front line staff and business experts who can work directly with your business to help you thrive, grow, create jobs and achieve your goals.

We can help you:

  • get independent advice from experts to help you achieve your business goals
  • understand what support is available from federal and state governments
  • get introduced and connected with other organisations that can help address challenges so you can make the most of opportunities
  • maximise research and development opportunities.

We have offices in every Australian state and territory, including capital cities and regional areas.

We listen to your needs and take a holistic approach to addressing your individual challenges. Our regional managers provide impartial, trusted advice tailored to your region.

We can connect you to business information and assistance from all levels of government. With an aim of streamlining your government interactions.

To connect with your regional manager, call the AusIndustry contact centre on 13 28 46.

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  • Business Support

Digital Partnerships Program

Fostering partnerships between the Territory's ICT sector and other local industries to encourage the development of innovative digital solutions to meet local challenges and support economic growth.

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Business Growth Program

Helping Territory businesses to grow, develop and expand.

If you run a business in the Northern Territory, you may be able to apply for funding to improve and support your business.

The Business Growth Program helps businesses access professional services to improve their performance, sustainability and profitability. It also provides mentoring and coaching support.

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Page last updated on 13 April 2022