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Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development



Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development

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An nu al R ep or t 5 CHIEF EXECUTIVES FOREWORD i The Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development (DBIRD) has a unique position in supporting economic development across the Northern Territory. The department has many roles and engages the public at many levels, ranging from information for new starters in business to direct support for industry associations. We deliver extension services to the NTs primary industry sectors, regulate the mining and petroleum industries, facilitate new projects, support overseas trade and identify emerging opportunities for new industries. We work with industry to create new strategies for key industry sectors, and we promote business opportunities throughout Australia and the Asian region. The breadth of our role means DBIRD has a significant impact on achieving the objectives of the NT Government. In addition to involvement in direct economic development matters, the departments services can have a meaningful impact on many other areas. In 2003-04, we began to look closely about how the department could align its services with a range of Government objectives, but with a particular focus on creating jobs for Territorians. Our challenge is to assist industry to embrace the opportunities that exist through sustainable utilisation of our natural resources, and through new opportunities in the defence, technology and service industry areas, to develop globally competitive businesses. This means that that DBIRDs services must connect with other areas of government to deliver positive results for Territorians on a range of different fronts. I have received strong support from staff across the department in meeting this challenge, and I look forward to working with them in future. I commenced with DBIRD on 10 May 2004, following the retirement of former Chief Executive Peter Blake. I would like to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of Peter to government and industry throughout the NT. Peter spent 32 years working for the NT and Commonwealth Governments in a range of NT industry departments. He was Chief Executive of the former Departments of Primary Industry, Mines and Energy and Asian Relations. When the new Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development was created in November 2001, Peters broad experience gave him the skills needed to bring together four former departments into a cohesive whole. As a result of Peters work, DBIRD is now well-placed to meet the emerging challenges in government and industry in the NT. The department has maintained an impressive record of achievement in 2003-04. The following pages provide many highlights of the work of departmental staff across the wide range of services we provide. I congratulate all staff on their achievements in 2003-04. Their enthusiasm and commitment is both clear and contagious, and I enthusiastically look forward to working with them during another year of strong achievements in 2004-05. Department of Business, Industry & R esou rce Development

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