15 February 2023


Ticket sales for the 2023 NTCA Conference and Gala Dinner are closing in...


Buy tickets here.

Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Book accommodation at discounted rates here.
If you suspect an exotic disease within your livestock, immediately call the 


1800 675 888
(free call within Australia)

Northern Territory Govt.
Dept. Industry, Tourism & Trade Monthly Newsletter

The Northern Territory Government's have recently begun publishing a monthly Agriculture and Biosecurity newsletter.
To receive the newsletter, subscribe here.

Feedback is welcomed as they trial this new update, please email
This system from Gen Off Grid replaces 90% of the Leopold Downs Station homesteads diesel usage through solar & lithium storage integrated with the back-up generator.

GenOffGrid will monitor, service and maintain the system for the next 10 years, providing the station with worry free power.

Visit to learn more, or contact the team by

RM Williams: Enduring Dynasty

Six Generations of Central Australia's legendary Hayes family heros lives and worked on Undoolya, the NT's oldest cattle story.

Story & Photos by Kerry Sharp

NT Country Hour: Stevedore & Export Company investing in Live Export

Dan Fitzgerald from ABC Darwin, caught up with Tick Everett, the Operations Manager of Frontier International who alongside QUBE Stevedores have built their own livestock loading ramp in Darwin that features a quicker & smoother loading operation, which in turn improving animal welfare. 

Have a listen, here.

NT Country Hour: Progress of livestock vaccination program in Indo

ABC Country Hour also caught up with Dick Slaney to discuss the progress of the livestock vaccindation program in Indonesia.

You can listen to Dan & Dick's interview from 7:43, here.

NT Farm Business Resilience Program

The Northern Territory Government and the Northern Hub is working with the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund to create opportunities for pastoralists and farmers to connect with each other and business professionals to improve their farm business resilience skills.

  • The Farm Business Resilience (FBR) program will help farmers identify gaps in their business strategy and provide them with the tools they need to prepare for and manage risk; adapt to a changing climate; and improve farm business resilience.
  • Value Creators have been engaged to deliver the program in the Northern Territory.
  • The program is fully subsidised for up to 30 agribusinesses (maximum 2 people per business or property). The program is valued at $10,000 per person.
  • The program will run in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine throughout February, March and Aprl.
Express your interest, here.

Fee-Free TAFE courses

Charles Darwin University, the Territory’s largest training provider, is offering a limited number of Free TAFE (Vocational Education and Training) places to tackle skill shortages across the Northern Territory, and to help give more Territorians the chance to study and receive qualifications.
This includes courses in agriculture, education, community services (housing, mental health, ageing support, alcohol and other drugs), information technologies, creative industries (music, design, visual arts), hospitality and tourism.

Check out the list of fee-free VET courses available, here.


Did you know you can report cattle theft online at the click of a button?

The online form is very simple and straight forward to you.

You can check it out, here.

Regional Mobile Infrastructure Inquiry - Consumer Survey

The ACCC is seeking public contributions to the Regional Mobile Infrastructure Inquiry. The purpose pf the Inquiry is to:
  • inform future Government policy decisions on the provision of regional, rural, remote and peri-urban telecommunications services
  • investigate the feasibility of providing temporary mobile roaming during natural disasters or other emergencies.
More information about the Regional Mobile Infrastructure Inquiry is available at the Project Overview page, the Ministeral Direction page, and the Public Consultation page.

We are seeking your views through either an online survey or a written submission (or both). The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

For more information, click here.

Cyclone watch cancelled for Top End gulf region but severe weather still expected, as BOM monitors tropical low near Groote Eylandt

A cyclone watch has been cancelled for the Northern Territory's gulf region but severe weather is still expected as a tropical low continues developing.

The slow-moving system is currently located about 65 kilometres north of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Late on Monday afternoon the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) cancelled the cyclone watch for coastline between Cape Shield and the NT-Queensland border.

Forecasters said it was becoming less likely the low would to develop into a tropical cyclone.

To read more, click here.

NT Health issue Murray Valley encephalitis alert after person's death

Northern Territory health officials have issued an alert for the public to take precautions such as wearing insect repellent, following the death of a person from Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE).

NT Health said the viral infection was likely contracted in Darwin through a mosquito bite, and did not provide the person's age or gender.

It is the fifth death from the mosquito-borne virus in the NT in the past two decades.

The alert warned residents across the Top End that the highest-risk period for MVE was between February and June. 

To read more, click here.

Ian Baker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture

The Ian Baker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture is awarded to one noteworthy recipient every two years at the North Australia Food Futures Conference.

The award honors individuals who have played a significant role in fostering the development of the northern Australian agricultural industry. A panel of industry representatives will search for one winner who reflects the values of the award.

The panel will closely consider individuals who have demonstrated the following experience and qualities:
  • Provides leadership to the agricultural sector
  • Encourages and supports the next generation of leaders
  • Facilitates research and innovation in the sector
  • Delivers effective extension to industry
  • Actively supports the growth of the industry
  • Demonstrates commitment to northern Australia
The NT Farmers led panel will search for candidates across northern Western Australia, Queensland and the NT. Preference will be given to individuals who have worked across and supported a wide range of commodity groups within the agricultural sector. The award is open to individuals of all ages.

NT Farmers are currently accepting nominations until the 1st of May. 

The nomination form can be found here.

Family & domestic violence leave

From 1 February 2023, employees of non-small business employers (employers with 15 or more employees) can access 10 days of paid family domestic violence leave. This includes part-time and casual employees.

The information on this page has now been updated to reflect this new leave entitlement.

Employees employed by small business employers (employers with less than 15 employees) can access paid leave from 1 August 2023. Until then, they can continue to take unpaid family and domestic violence leave. Learn more at Unpaid family and domestic violence leave.

To read more, click here.

30 days to go until Conference!
You can contact your local Livestock Biosecurity Branch to get a free livestock skin sampling kit by calling:

Darwin 8999 2123
Katherine 8973 9716
Tennant Creek 8962 4458
Alice Springs 8951 8181

Call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline:
1800 675 888
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