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Debates Day 2 - Tuesday 22 November 2011



Debates Day 2 - Tuesday 22 November 2011

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012




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DEBATES Tuesday 22 November 2011 series of topic-specific seminars to assist Northern Territory business to grow capabilities and engage with INPEX and other resource projects. The department is also promoting workforce planning in the wider business community to help employers plan training and retention strategies to deal with the increased pressures on their workforce during the resources boom. In addition to this work, the Northern Territory Industry Capability Network continues to do an excellent job of connecting NT business with the INPEX LNG project, just as it has done with other headline resource developments in the Territory. NTICNs project, Gateway, provides a computerised system of databases and messaging to keep suppliers and contractors aware of business opportunities. Its consultants and other databases keep developers and their contractors informed of the capability and experience of Territory business. Major projects typically involve several tiers of contractors seeking local suppliers, so the ICNs computer systems and experienced staff are a linchpin for Territory business accessing the resources boom now and into the future. Madam Speaker, whilst the major construction phase of the INPEX project will generate many jobs, we understand it is the supply and service sector that will provide long-term jobs and business opportunities for Territorians. That is why our focus is on growing this sector, and we are succeeding. Consider this: in 2006, our Southeast Asia Australia Offshore Conference attracted 180 delegates and six exhibitors. In 2011, the same conference attracted over 800 delegates and more than 100 exhibitors. Many of those delegates were from our local and interstate supply and service sector. We are also actively facilitating trade and investment in this sector with a planned program of inwards and outwards industry missions scheduled during 2012. These missions will connect local business with major international supply and service providers in the region. The aim is to establish joint venture Australian agency or other partnership agreements. I can report planning is already under way, in conjunction with the NTICN and the Manufacturers Council, to take a group of our local supply and service companies to meet with major contractors in Aberdeen, Singapore and specific marine supply and service centres in Malaysia and Thailand. Speaking of Aberdeen, this Assembly will be aware of our engagement with the Granite City. Our aim is to learn as much as possible about an economy that has transformed itself into a world-class oil and gas come energy supply and service hub. Aberdeen is at the forefront of education and training for the oil and gas industry. We want to replicate this model in the Northern Territory to produce a fully-skilled workforce so Territorians will be able to take full advantage of the growth in oil and gas activity in our region. Professor Barney Glover and the team at Charles Darwin University are already moving in that direction. Construction of a new north Australian centre for oil and gas will soon begin at Charles Darwin Universitys Casuarina Campus. This will provide Territorians access to the education and training needs of the petroleum sector in our region, including vocational, diploma, and degree qualifications, post-graduate study and research. This facility will be jointly funded by Charles Darwin University, the Northern Territory government and industry. With its activities guided by an advisory board, most importantly, there will be strong industry representation on the board. The experience in Aberdeen has been that appropriate education and training is vital to allow the local population to fully benefit from the expansion of the industry. That is why CDU is positioning itself to become a key provider of the skills and accreditation required by industry. Indeed, CDU is actively engaging with Aberdeens Robert Gordon University, together with the United Kingdoms oil and gas industry training organisation, OPITO, and the acknowledged world leader in oil and gas technician training, ASET, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aberdeen College. There are two points I want to emphasise in relation to Aberdeen. We learnt that over 80% of the suppliers to the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen involve companies that employ fewer than 100 people, and whilst global oil and gas supply firms tend to retain their specialised core activities, they widely contract out to suitably capable local industry where possible. This tells us two things: that small to medium enterprises can compete, and that innovative local entrepreneurs will quickly adapt to the opportunity and the requirements for supplying this industry. Local business has every reason to feel confident about the future. In addition to our ongoing partnership with local industry, we are also investing in the kind of infrastructure that will sustain growth, sustain jobs, and sustain success. Our new Marine Supply Base will provide world-class logistical support to the offshore oil and gas industry for its exploration, construction and operational activities. Contractual close is targeted by Christmas, and construction will begin next year with completion by the end of 2013. 1865

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