Defence and defence support initiatives
Defence industry supports the Australian Defence Force and Australian Border Force presence in the Territory and is characterised by a broad range of business types - primarily comprising small to medium enterprises with a focus on technical skills and technology.
Defence industry includes marine supply, heavy engineering, electrical and control systems, repairs and maintenance and logistics networks. These local support industries have the potential to provide significant cost savings for Defence and Border Force by allowing local repairs and maintenance and supply of local produce.
The security of Australia, in particular the imperative to guarantee the sovereignty of maritime borders, especially in the north, and to protect onshore and offshore critical infrastructure, is a national priority. It is also crucial to the economic and domestic security of Australia’s trading partners.
Darwin is the most likely location for supporting military, national security and humanitarian operations to Australia’s north and northwest and it is in the Territory’s interest to maintain a stable and strong defence presence. Darwin is rapidly growing as a key hub for home port maintenance for Defence, Border Force, offshore oil and gas and general maritime industries.
|High level action||Measure||Lead / partners||Lever|
|Maximise the use of local businesses, including Aboriginal owned businesses, in infrastructure development and procurement; and services, repairs and maintenance activities||Value of work secured by locally based businesses||
NT Govt (NTG) |
|Identify and secure opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including Aboriginal-owned businesses, and local supply chains to supply goods and services, repairs and maintenance||Opportunities for local SMEs and supply chains to benefit from defence expenditure are identified and secured||
|Establish a Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate in Canberra to engage Defence||
Advocate position established |
Local benefits from defence activities in the Territory
|Refresh the NT Defence Strategic Plan, including enhanced regional information to promote opportunities for defence facilities in the regions||Refreshed NT Defence Strategic Plan||
|Promote the Northern Territory as a more attractive place to live and work for Defence families while personnel are posted in the Territory||Increase in Defence personnel who choose to base their families in the Territory||NTG|
|Increase focus on Defence liaison and community support coordination||Improved coordination of Defence liaison and community support||NTG|
|Increase local employment opportunities in Defence and Defence related work, particularly for Aboriginal Territorians||Increased local employment in Defence and Defence related work||
|Increase employment opportunities for Defence spouses||Increase in Defence members who choose to base their families in the Territory||
|Prepare a Defence Engagement Strategy to develop relationships with land councils, Traditional Owners and the broader community, including opportunities to retain or develop Defence training areas across the NT||Engagement with Traditional Owners||
|Attract defence industry corporations to establish national or regional headquarters in Darwin||Regional or national headquarters established||NTG|
|Explore opportunities for the Australian Defence Force Academy and / or the Defence Science and Research Group or other military organisations to establish a campus in the Northern Territory||Concept and business case developed||NTG|