NT Drone Industry Network

The Northern Territory Government supports the development of a drones industry in the Northern Territory. The Territory is uniquely positioned to grow a specialised drone industry, providing the perfect location to test drone based solutions in remote settings and extreme environmental conditions. This is further supported by a willing and capable group of people across all sectors of the drone ecosystem.

The NT Drones Network (the Network) was launched in May 2019.  The Network is a collaborative group of business, industry, academia, government and civilians who have shared interest in developing and leading a vibrant and strong drone ecosystem in the Territory. The Network is connected and collaborative, with a focus on developing world class solutions to the geographic, environmental and economic benefit to the Northern Territory.

Network members receive direct invitations and notifications to industry events, the latest information relating to grants and funding, as well as opportunities to collaborate directly with the Committee on drones initiatives in the Northern Territory.

To join the Network simply follow the link below and sign up to our mailing list. Select "drone technology" on the preferences page. Its that easy!

Join the NT Drone Industry Network

We also welcome you to follow the NT Drone Industry Network online for all the latest industry information, networking opportunities and exclusive invitations to events.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NTDroneIndustryNetwork/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nt-drone-industry-network/


NT Drone Industry Committee

The NT Drones Industry Committee was established on 29 March 2021 and drives the activities and news to advance the broader NT Drone Industry Network. The Business Innovation Unit at the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade provides coordination and support services for the Committee.

The Committee identifies collaborative opportunities that can benefit the NT as well as issues that impact the use of drones for business and research. Members work together to provide services and increase opportunities through identifying training, assisting in mentoring, test bedding and facilitating innovation.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) process is undertaken each year to appoint the Committee membership for each respective calendar term. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact with the Business Innovation team at innovation@nt.gov.au for more information.

NT Drone Industry Committee Leadership

Mark Davies

Mark Davies - Chair

Director - EHS Essential Services

Mark first joined the NT Drones Industry Committee two years ago and his active involvement and contribution on the committee has seen his appointment rise to the position of Deputy Chair for this calendar term. Mark holds a CASA issued Remote Pilot License (RePL) and his company, EHS Essential Services holds a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's (ReOC) Certificate.  Mark currently utilises drones for industrial and environmental mapping and industrial video including incident investigation. 

Mark sees the NT Drone Industry Committee as a platform to be used to help increase drone ecosystem capability in the Northern Territory, through collaboration and fostering of strong partnerships with other like-minded drone leaders who also have interests in emerging drone technology and their use. 

“Drone use is only limited by the imagination, the diversity of the committee ensures no idea is out of reach”. 

Rebecca Rogers

Rebecca Rogers - Deputy Chair

VET lecturer and researcher, Charles Darwin University

Rebecca Rogers is a lecturer at Charles Darwin University and a researcher in the North Australia Centre for Autonomous Systems (NACAS). She has been working in the Northern Territory drone industry and conducting drone-based environmental work for the last 5 years. She is currently coordinating CDU TAFE’s Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) course, training job-ready remote pilots. In this role, she also runs community drone-based STEM outreach activities. Her research revolves around using drones to study wildlife and the environment.

Rebecca believes that fostering a collaborative and supportive drone industry in the Northern Territory is critical to our joint success. The Territory poses unique challenges of remoteness and scale but it is also full of great opportunities for creativity, innovation and growth.

Farha Sattar

Dr Farha Sattar - Secretariat

Lecturer and Researcher, Charles Darwin University

Dr. Farha Sattar is an academic and researcher at Charles Darwin University with expertise in Drone Technology, Mathematical Modelling, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.

Dr. Sattar is a certified drone pilot and aeronautical radio operator and has been using drones in an innovative way to inspire young Australians and stimulate their interest in STEM education.  Dr. Sattar has been working with schools, industry, community organisations and groups to promote the use of drones in various applications. She is the recipient of STEM Hero of the Year award for the Northern Territory.

As part of the NT Drone Industry Committee, she is committed to contribute towards the development and promotion of NT’s drone ecosystem and finding the best drone-based solutions in all sectors that are beneficial for both the Territory and Australia.

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General Committee Members

Name PositionCompany
Alana TreagusWorkforce and Skills Officer

Industry Skills Advisory Council NT (ISAC NT)

Anna GoatBusiness DirectorRise Project Consulting
Charmaine PhillipsDirector, Northern TerritoryAdvanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Craig WoodConsultantSRA Technology
Jodi GulleyScience and Drone TeacherNT School of Distance Education
Jodie MillsGeneral ManagerCareFlight - NT
Luke HoolihanBusiness Development ManagerCentral Drones
Mark DunnMechanical InstructorAviation Australia
Matt GreenDirectorIntermesh Pty Ltd
Rebecca RogersLecturer and Drone LeadCharles Darwin University / NACAS
Riley WoodsProfessional Drone Racer / Drone Operator(Army Cadets / AUAS)
Stefan MaierDirectorMaitec
Vanya BosiocicSenior Policy Officer, International EngagementNorthern Territory Government


Governance Model

This image illustrates how the NT Drone Industry Committee interacts with the wider NT Drone Industry Network, including Government and Industry touch points.