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Services provided by The Department of Justice include - Anti-Discrimination Commission, Community Justice Centre, Consumer Affairs, Correctional Services / Prisons, Courts Administration, Legal Services including Law Making & Law Reform, Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy, Office of Crime Prevention, Public Trustee, Public Prosecutions, Registrar-General - including Births, Deaths and Marriages, the Land Titles Office and WorkSafe.
The Department of Business' primary responsibilities are to deliver business and industry development services, and defence support. The department works with business to develop and broaden the Northern Territory economic base. This includes the provision of strategic programs and activities to support business and industry development.
ABN Lookup provides access to the publicly available information provided by businesses when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Adult Learners' Week is an opportunity to celebrate, promote and advance all forms of adult learning. Organisations can apply for a funding grant to develop a new or expand an existing adult learning activity.
Search the database for apprenticeships and traineeships in the Northern Territory.
ABLIS helps you find all the licensing and compliance information you need in one place. ABLIS is a free online service to help businesses find the information they need to meet their compliance responsibilities.
The Parks & Wildlife Commission NT (the Commission) has the power to regulate or prohibit the carrying on of any trade or commerce in a park, reserve or other land committed under a law of the Northern Territory under the care, control and management of the Commission in conjunction with the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act and By-laws.
Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy (LRAS) regulates incorporated associations through the Associations Act. Incorporated associations are a simple and inexpensive means of establishing a legal entity. This is an alternative to forming, for example a company limited by guarantee or a co-operative, and is particularly suitable for small, community based groups. The incorporation of an association provides a limited liability for its members. LRAS maintains publicly available information on associations including the public register of associations, financial statements, constitutions, and the name and address of the public officer.
The Department of Business offers a free and confidential business information service to intending, new and existing businesses.
If you are thinking about developing your business, the Department of Business offers a free and confidential business information service to new and existing businesses.
The Department of Business has produced a range of Fast Facts, designed to provide general information on common business issues.
Territory Business Centres provide a range of licence information and application forms for licences administered through a number of Northern Territory Government agencies.
The Business Information Kits provide current and comprehensive information across all levels of government relating to a specific business activity in the Northern Territory.
Department of Business client managers are the key point of contact for Northern Territory business owners or managers looking to improve their business profitability, sustainability or capability.
A national business names register is administered by Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and replaces all state and territory business names registers.
One of the most important things before starting a business is to develop and prepare your Business Plan.
Information can be provided on many areas of business, including business & skilled migration, business development, business regulation, skills development, working with government and much more.
A collection of free sample business, marketing and financial plans online.
Business Upskills is a program of practical, hands-on and informative workshops facilitated by industry experts to help business owners develop and strengthen their businesses.
The Construction Division is a Government Business Division of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and the leading Northern Territory Government provider of infrastructure planning, construction and maintenance. It also plays a lead role in disaster management.
Consumer Affairs is a part of the Department of Justice, and aims to promote and regulate responsible business conduct through administration of a regulatory system that protects consumer interests.
Territory businesses have access to enterprise improvement grants and assistance, subject to qualifying criteria.
This section contains information on licensing and tenders for small businesses, contractors and Non-Government Organisations. The information provided is to assist compliance with NT Government laws and policies.
Financial incentives are available for private sector businesses who want to employ additional apprentices and trainees in areas with identified occupational shortages, and from disadvantaged groups.
Gambling and Licensing Services (GLS) administers and enforces the Northern Territory's regulatory regimes for gaming, wagering, liquor, kava, tobacco, private security, business affairs, associations administration, licensing under the Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading Act, agents licensing and escort agencies. Our objective is to minimise harm to the community through the appropriate and effective regulation of these activities.
General Recurrent Program (GRP) funds the NT public providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET), which are Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. The NT GRP provides funding for training delivery and other expenses incurred by the public providers in the delivery of VET.
Indigenous Economic Development (IED) Taskforce members come from across Australia and have a range of backgrounds and expertise in government, Indigenous organisations and private enterprise.
The Industry Buildskills Program is a Northern Territory Government initiative under the Employment Strategy 2012 - 2015 to assist Territory employers to upskill or re-skill existing workers.​​
The primary focus of the Industry Development and Investment Services Unit is to grow the economic base of the Northern Territory by working with targeted industry sectors to identify new and additional opportunities.
The Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure provides top level project planning, budgeting and project briefs for Whole of Government infrastructure, ensuring best practice building energy efficiencies, and with its construction arm ensures that all projects are designed and built to government and industry standards in the Northern Territory.
Infrastructure Strategy and Sustainability provides strategic and policy advice on infrastructure planning, building sustainability, energy management and capital works project definition.
Funding for registered training organisations to delivery training and assessment services against nationally recognised qualification.
The Larrakia Development Corporation represents, all Larrakia, the traditional owners of Darwin. The Larrakia Development Corporation's primary role is to assist All Larrakia in developing businesses and gaining meaningful employment.
The Licensing Commission is an independent statutory authority with extensive powers to regulate and enforce the Territory's racing, gaming and licensing legislation. The Commission operates as an independent tribunal with responsibility for licensing and related matters covering liquor control, kava management, private security, escort agencies and gaming machines.
The Department of the Chief Minister works with other government agencies to facilitate major economic and resource development projects to grow the Northern Territory's economy.
The NT Equity Training Grants program is an initiative of the NT government and has been developed to increase training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Territorians.
A company that carries on the business of online gaming and wagering in the Northern Territory must hold the appropriate license.
The Planning Scheme Business Information Finder provides you with a tailored report that includes information about properties that are covered by the NT Planning Scheme, it gives details of the zoning of your property and whether your activity is permitted, discretionary or prohibited.
The Pre-employment Training Program provides specific training for unskilled or semi skilled people to gain essential industry skills, which may lead to increased opportunities to successfully complete an apprenticeship or gain skilled employment.
The Procurement Policy Unit is a branch within the Department of Business which administers the policies relating to Government procurement practices. The Unit provides information for both the Public and Private Sector on the tender and contract award process and procurement in general.
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure, maintains a series of master specifications which are used in the preparation of contract documents for the construction and maintenance of Government infrastructure throughout the Northern Territory.
Territory Business Centres are the initial contact and referral point for starting a business, business and industry licence information, business planning assistance and departmental assistance programs.
Territory Business Growth is an innovative package of assistance programs structured to enhance business performance, profitability, employment levels and market penetration.
Released monthly, the Territory Economic Review provides a wrap-up of the latest economic and demographic indicators.
The Northern Territory offers many opportunities for families, business people and individuals. Find everything from living, touring, studying, getting a job to investing in business in the territory. It is home to people representing more than 100 nationalities as well as the quarter of the population who identify themselves as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Provides free, confidential business information services to new and existing tourism businesses in the Northern Territory.
Territory businesses and individuals can benefit from training programs and funding to assist in providing training and to increase employment opportunities for Territorians.
The User Choice Program funds the delivery of structured training and assessment for full-time, part-time and school-based apprentices and trainees in the Northern Territory.​
NT WorkSafe promotes safer workplaces and support for injured workers. NT WorkSafe works with employers and employees to ensure injured workers have access to medical, pharmaceutical, rehabilitation costs and income support. Under NT WorkSafe, all employers must hold a workers compensation insurance policy to cover all employees.
Your Workforce: a guide for employers can assist your business to plan ahead. The guide contains useful resources including checklists, templates and factsheets to assist businesses to do effective workforce planning.
ecoBiz NT is a program that helps Territory businesses adopt resource-efficient practices that are good for their financial bottom line as well as for the environment.

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