Economic Summit process
Between October 2016 and mid-March 2017 business and industry, community groups, the not-for-profit sector, Indigenous organisations, and Australian and local government representatives came together for a series of consultations, public forums and summits. More than 240 key organisations and 1,590 people were engaged in these consultations, which informed the development of the draft Economic Development Framework (EDF), draft Infrastructure Strategy and the draft 10 Year Infrastructure Plan.
In October 2016, the first phase of consultations was held in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs with industry groups, business, regional economic development committees and local stakeholders.
The initial consultations revealed a number of common issues across industries and locations. Challenges around the key factors of production - land, labour and capital featured strongly as did enterprise and innovation, connectivity, relationships and liveability.
From these issues raised, six preliminary factors or 'levers' have been refined which can be utilised to accelerate economic growth:
- Enterprise and innovation
These levers will be the focus of the second phase of the summit process to develop principles, targeted strategies and recommendations.
Presentation delivered to stakeholders who participated in Phase 1
Phase 2 and 3
The NT Government, in partnership with Deloitte facilitated input from stakeholder groups through a series of mini-summits, forums and workshops across the NT. These sessions heard stakeholder thoughts and ideas, from a regional and sector-based perspective, on what should be included in an economic development framework.
A total of nearly 50 individual engagements were held with over 600 individual stakeholders consulted across the NT.
Input from these consultations was collated into draft documents for discussion at two economic summits in Alice Springs (24 March 2017) and Darwin (29 March 2017).
During the fourth and final stage of consultation, two summits were held in Alice Springs and Darwin on 24 March and 29 March 2017 respectively, where a draft Economic Development Framework, draft Infrastructure Strategy and draft Infrastructure Plan was presented to Territorians.