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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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Business The Chief Ministers Business Round Table, established in February 2002, continued to engage business and industry representatives in face to face consultation about issues affecting economic development in the NT. Representatives from business met monthly with government in locations across the NT, including Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Maningrida and Tennant Creek. A diverse range of issues was discussed at Round Table meetings, including concerns about employment and workforce development, complex regulatory frameworks and procurement processes. DBIRD also plays a critical role in assisting NT business to take advantage of opportunities to meet the capability support needs of the Australian Defence Forces. DBIRD funds the Australian Industry and Defence Network - NT (A IDN -NT) and also works closely with Defence and Businesses to maximise NT contributions to this key sector. Indigenous Mining and Contracting The broadly based Indigenous Mining and Enterprise Task Force initiative is dedicated to increasing indigenous employment and contracting opportunities in industry with its major focus on the minerals and energy sectors. Other activities in the mining sector include the Indigenous community education and information program, involvement in the NT Geological Survey and initiatives to support Indigenous participation in the Trans Territory Pipeline Project. Indigenous Agriculture and Fisheries Indigenous partnerships in primary industries and fisheries include fisheries management, the marine ranger program, skills enhancement through the FarmBis Program, co-operative land management programs, horticultural and pastoral development, and the co-operative development of barramundi sea-cage farming at Bathurst Island. Regional The department has a strong focus on supporting regional industry and business. In addition to funding key representative associations, the department also delivers services through offices located in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. These offices include Territory Business Centres that provide business licensing and information services. The regional offices also include representatives of the Mineral and Energy and Primary Industry Groups that coordinate DBIRD programs and deliver extension and regulatory services directly to state holders. Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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