The Developing Northern Australia Conference will be held at Alice Springs Convention Centre on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June 2018. 

This annual conference is now in its 4th year and continues to be a meeting place for those individuals, companies and government entities that are vested in progressing Northern Australia.

The conference provides a platform for networking and connecting with like-minded contributors to share the opportunities, challenges and outcomes for growing Northern Australia.  We invite you to be part of this conversation on the importance of a connected North and ways to move forward in telecommunications, energy, liveability, population and engaging investment and attracting business.

Topics 2018
  • Trade and Investment
  • Land and Water
  • Connecting Northern Australia
  • Attracting Business and Population
  • Governance and the Next Generation of Northern Australian Policy
  • Indigenous-led Development
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Engaging Industry Sectors
  • Small Business and New Opportunities
  • Northern Australia Liveability


Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, Minister for Natural Resources and Northern Australia, Australian Government (pre recorded message)
  • Hon Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government
  • Dr Beth Woods, Director-General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland
  • Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade)
  • Mr Nigel Browne, CEO, Larrakia Development Corp
  • Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government
  • Ms Marie Piccone, CEO, Manbulloo Mangoes
  • Mr Mark Bennett, Head of Agribusiness and Emerging Corporate, Regional Australia, ANZ
  • Mr Troy Setter, CEO, Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC)
  • Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice Chancellor, Charles Darwin University
  • Ms Melissa Vernon, Executive Director – Innovation & Development, WA Country Health Service
  • Mr Mark Coffey, Head – Office of Northern Australia
  • Ms Maria Alejandra Vlek (Alejandra), Minister, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Argentina

Conference Destination – Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Almost precisely in the geographical centre of Australia and located in the heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs is a vibrant modern town with a thriving population of 28,000 people. Made famous by the Neville Shute 1950’s novel ‘A Town Like Alice’, Alice Springs is an iconic travel destination – an Australian ‘must do’!

Alice Springs has everything you require, with international standard accommodation at all levels. There are plenty of shops, from air-conditioned plazas to unique boutiques. Restaurants vary from fast food chains to five star dining.

This area of Australia is part of the territory of the Arrernte people and is known by the local names of Arrende, Yeperenye, or Mparntwe – and is connected with the caterpillar dreaming. The aboriginal presence in Alice Springs is strong. Their 40,000 year old culture and spiritual connection to this region echoes in every rock and landmark. They preserve the timeless art, songs and rituals that connect humankind with Australia’s legendary creation and pre history – The Dreamtime.

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.