north australia tourismIn a joint media release released today by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Tourism and International Education and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, the Australian Government is unlocking the vast potential of northern Australia small and medium tourism businesses with a new team of experts deployed to provide one-on-one business advice.

This $13.6 million Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is one of a suite of new programmes announced in response to Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

The initiative will combine the Entrepreneurs’ Programme with the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Programme to meet the needs of tourism businesses in northern Australia.

This team of five expert Entrepreneurs’ Programme Business Advisers and Facilitators have an understanding of the challenges tourism businesses in the north face and will provide businesses with the right tools and advice to overcome these challenges.

Tourism businesses in northern Australia with a turnover or operating expenditure of $750,000 or more will have access to the new dedicated team.

“The north has untapped potential, abundant natural beauty and talented people,” Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said.

“It is also close to key trading markets in Asia. More business, trade and investment in the north helps all Australians through economic growth, more jobs, higher incomes and better living standards.”

“The Government is committed to seeing northern Australia reach its full economic potential. This initiative furthers this pursuit by helping northern tourism businesses to market themselves to the world and to give them a competitive edge,” Minister for Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg said. To read more click here.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential continues the dialogue started in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

Underpinned by the Government’s Top Actions Summary identified in the White Paper the Conference will explore how industry, business, Government and agribusiness are embracing the opportunities for sustainable growth into the next decade. To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

If you would like to speak at the conference CLICK HERE to submit your application. Speaker applications close on Friday 11 March 2016.