The 2018 Developing Northern Australia Conference is on this month at the Alice Springs Convention Centre over Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June. 

Mr Mark Coffey, Head, Office of Northern Australia, Department of Industry, Innovations & Science, Australian Government joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Growing the Northern Australia Economy to achieve a more prosperous and secure future for all Australians.’


To achieve a more prosperous and secure future, for all Australians, we must continue to grow the northern economy. The Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia sets out a vision and framework for this nation-building agenda, focussed on the north’s untapped potential, its abundant resources and highly-skilled people. Three years in much has been achieved through the measures already delivered under the White Paper, creating an environment to underpin and foster growth in the north. Across all northern jurisdictions we continue to work together to encourage further growth and future jobs in this already successful economy.

We continue to improve the attractiveness of northern Australia as an investment destination by promoting it to investors, helping them to identify and refine opportunities and reduce or mitigate risk, while high-quality infrastructure will underpin our efforts to unlock the north’s economic potential, both through initial job creation during construction and by facilitating economic activity in the longer-term.

By working together on these priorities, we can maximise the north’s potential to contribute to Australia’s future prosperity and ensure it is an even more attractive place to live and do business. Population growth will support industry and workforce availability, and encourage investment in social infrastructure that enhances liveability. Through innovation, collaboration and cooperation, northern Australia can become an economic powerhouse in its own right, delivering real economic and social benefits to all Australians.


Mark has lived in the Northern Territory for over 30 years and is passionate about northern Australia development. Mark has contributed significantly to both public and community life and has led a number of initiatives to facilitate economic and social development in remote areas including the Alice Springs Transformation Plan and regional partnership agreements. In his role as NT State Manager in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, he was responsible for the Indigenous programme delivery and coordinated a number of large reform programmes.

Prior to this, Mark was a 22-year veteran of the Northern Territory Police Force, working in regional and remote areas across the NT, achieving the rank of Commander. As Head of the Office of Northern Australia in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Mark he is responsible for overseeing delivery of the Australian Government’s ‘Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia’. Mark’s collaborative engagement is driving cross-jurisdictional development across the north through innovative and targeted approaches. Under Mark’s leadership, the Office of Northern Australia is securing sustainable benefits by attracting investment, enhancing economic outcomes and driving jobs and growth whilst balancing social impacts. This important work will ensure lasting benefits, not just for the north but also for all of Australia.

For more information on the 2018 Developing Northern Australia Conference and to secure your spot in Alice Springs this June please visit the conference website.