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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 SERVICES IN REGIONAL AREAS DBIRD has a strong involvement in promoting economic development throughout all regions of the NT. The department delivers programs through offices in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, supplemented by a range of visits and activities provided by specialised units in Darwin. SERVICES DELIVERED FROM DARWIN Output 1: Business, Trade and Industry Development Services The International Business Division delivered the Trade Support Scheme to develop export opportunities and enhance international trading skills. The Petroleum and Mining Support Division visited mining operations, and supported events such as the Tenant Creek Supply Seminar the Alice Springs Supply Seminar, and participated in the Mt Isa Mining Show, and trans-Territory Pipeline briefings in Katherine and Darwin. The Defence Support Division introduced quarterly visits to RAAF Base Tindal and six-monthly visits to Alice Springs to liaise with the management of Pine Gap. It also liaises with regional businesses in those regions on defence related opportunities. It provided industry briefings in Katherine on the Bradshaw Field Training Area project and business opportunities related to exercises such as Pitch Black and Operation Southern Frontier. It facilitated Upskill workshops in Katherine to help businesses better engage in Defence contracts. The Industry Development Division serviced regional clients through the Food Group (developing new food related opportunities) throughout the NT. The Commercial Services Division managed the Katherine Flood Natural Disaster Relief Arrangement loans and drought loans as well funding arrangements for regional industry associations. Meetings of the Chief Ministers Business Round Table, were held in Darwin, Palmerston, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Katherine and Maningrida. Business focus groups were held in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs to examine the issues and contributing factors to business confidence for small and medium enterprises. Regional economic profiles were developed. Consultation meetings were held in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Darwin, Nhulunbuy during development of the manufacturing industry strategy. Meetings were held in Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin during the development of the business and skilled migration strategy. Joint awareness raising and information sessions about business and skilled migration were held in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in conjunction with the Commonwealth Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Workshops were conducted in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs to enhance understanding, quality and timeliness of advice to Ministers and Cabinet. Other Outputs and Whole of Department Services Services under Outputs 2, 3, 4 and 5 were delivered mainly by staff based in Regional Offices. All Output 6 services were delivered in the coastal areas of the NT. The Corporate Management Group also provides support and regional offices as part of its support for all Outputs. 6 2 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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