$40 billion and beyond

NT Government

The Northern Territory’s four key industries have strong growth potential and could even help the Territory’s economy exceed a $40 billion dollar economy by 2030-31.

A new report by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by the Northern Territory Government, measures the current value of the maritime, agribusiness, minerals, and oil and gas industries.

It found these 4 industries contribute $7 billion in direct value, and support over 11,000 jobs in the Territory.

This contribution is equivalent to 26 per cent of the Territory’s Gross State Product and 8 per cent of total employment.

Importantly, there are sizable growth opportunities for the Territory’s maritime, agribusiness, minerals and oil and gas industries over the next decade.

The minerals industry will be boosted by production from the new Finniss Lithium Project.

The maritime industry is poised to benefit from broader economic growth and the demand for trade.

While the agribusiness industry will continue benefiting from general population growth in Australia and the demand for food.

There are 22 priority actions identified to maximise industry growth over the period of 2030-31, which include:

* Capitalising on the increases in demand for critical minerals by increasing exploration and production activities

* Extending the value chain to deliver economic growth and more jobs to the Territory by using local gas production to develop gas-based processing and manufacturing sector

* Establishing Darwin as a key maintenance hub for vessels operating in the Indo-Pacific region with purpose built berths

* Improving productivity for the cattle industry by adopting new technology and improving sustainable management practices for land assets.

The report also identifies pathways for government to help industry overcome barriers to growth which include skill shortages, access to land and water, lack of regional connectivity, market maturity, climate change and red tape.

Work is underway with industry to work together on suggested actions and pathways in order to maximise growth over the period to 2030-31.

The Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission set the task of achieving a $40 billion economy, and in its Final Report identified maritime, agribusiness, minerals and oil and gas industries having the greatest growth opportunities for the Territory.

Read the report here here

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mining and Industry, Nicole Manison:

“Growing a $40 billion economy by 2030 requires reaching for bold new economic opportunities and overcoming long standing challenges facing the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory has what it takes to be a thriving economy with world class mineral deposits, prospective gas reserves, a strong agriculture sector, emerging information technology capabilities and strategic advantages as a location for trade and defence.

The Territory Labor Government is committed to achieving a more diverse and sustainable economy, which will mean well-paying jobs and better outcomes for all Territorians.”

Quotes attributable to Deloitte Access Economics partner, and principal report author, John O’Mahony:

“Approximately half of the estimated growth in the NT economy could be contributed through sectoral spillovers-efficiency gains in the upstream and downstream industries dependent upon the maritime, agribusiness, minerals and oil and gas industries.

The Northern Territory Government has an opportunity to deliver sustainable growth-and spread resulting social benefits more widely-by maximising the downstream manufacturing and services opportunities from growing maritime, agribusiness, minerals and oil and gas services.”

Quotes attributable to Gaurav Sareen, Lead Partner, NT Government and Public Sector:

“This report can facilitate discussions between industry and the NT Government to identify potential opportunities and options to overcome barriers to growth across a number of key sectors that are important to the Territory’s economy, and support the government’s goal of a $40 billion economy by 2030.”

Northern Territory Government

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