Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

The Innovation and Science team, within the department’s Business and Innovation NT unit, maintains responsibility for innovation and research support to Northern Territory (NT) based businesses. The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI) provides a wider leadership role to broaden the Northern Territory’s economic base and delivers strategic programs and activities to encourage innovation and support businesses to The role of the unit is to stimulate research, innovation, and knowledge development and their application in the private and public sectors. Its goal is to increase the benefits that the people of the NT derive from research and innovation through resulting economic expansion and enhanced quality of life.

The Innovation and Science team

  • provides technical oversight of research and innovation activities funded by the department
  • promotes public engagement with science as chair of the Inspiring Australia NT steering committee
  • provides policy advice on innovation and research activities to support Government economic policies
  • engages with research and innovation groups in National and jurisdictional government agencies, educational institutions and the private sector to represent the NT’s interests
  • monitors best practice research, state-of-the-art knowledge, innovation initiatives, award opportunities and funding availability, and distributes this information to clients and stakeholders
  • has developed the Business Innovation Support Initiatives (BISI), a program of innovation support tailored for NT businesses

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is founded on nearly 50 years of delivering higher education and Vocational Education and Training in the Northern Territory, Australia.

The University is the largest tertiary institution in the NT, with more than 23,000 students and campuses in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy, and training centres in Jabiru, Tennant Creek and Yulara.

CDU is a research-intensive university, ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world and in the top 100 universities under 50 years of age by Times Higher Education. Our research strengths are in environmental science, human health and wellbeing and Indigenous knowledges, and we aspire to be internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in Indigenous, tropical and desert knowledges.

Today, CDU offers a fresh approach to education, training, research, and knowledge application, offering a range of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in engineering, information technology and the sciences that prepare students for a diverse range of career paths. Many undergraduate courses are offered on campus or online, so you can study on your terms, and meet your other commitments.

Engineering specialisations include Civil, Electrical and Electronics, and Mechanical, and have a strong design and innovation thread, with creativity, innovation and design playing major roles in the teaching programs at CDU. In addition, Chemical Engineering is offered through support from the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas, a state-of-the-art oil and gas training facility opened at CDU in November 2012.

Information Technology is a rapidly developing field, critical for the economic development of the Northern Territory, with a personal and interactive learning environment, undergraduate and postgraduate courses at CDU allow for an inclusive experience.

Science courses are one of the most versatile areas of study available, opening opportunities across a wide range of disciplines in the fields of biological science, biomedical science and environmental science. CDU also offers a range of highly sought after allied health courses, including medical laboratory science, pharmacy, exercise and sports science and clinical science.

At CDU you’ll be empowered to tailor your scientific education to suit your future needs and career.


Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members.

With more than 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Our chartered engineers are regarded as trusted professionals not only in Australia, but worldwide.

We seek to:

  • Advance the science and practice of engineering
  • Cultivate lifelong learning by our members
  • Promote the contribution of the profession as widely as possible
  • Champion professional and ethical conduct
  • Welcome all those who wish to practice engineering
  • Allow members’ aspirations to flourish, and learn from their creativity and innovation
  • Celebrate excellence in engineering outcomes
  • Draw inspiration from our engineering heritage
  • Sustain the integrity of the profession
  • Take the lead in advocacy of the profession.


Museum and Art Gallery NT

Set in a scenic location overlooking Fannie Bay in Darwin, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is home to internationally renowned scientific, artistic and cultural collections and research programs. The MAGNT complex consists of five major permanent galleries, a touring gallery, educational facilities for school groups, a theatrette, the Museum Shop and the Cornucopia Museum Cafe. All contribute to providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin.

The MAGNT also holds extensive behind the scenes collections covering Natural History, Archaeology, Aboriginal Art and Culture, Northern Territory History, Maritime History, South East Asian and Oceanic Art and the Visual Arts. Collections at the MAGNT place the region’s natural science, art, history and culture in an Australian and international context through research, interpretation and collection development. Information on over 230,000 natural science collection records are publically available through the Atlas of Living Australia ( The scientific collections are used extensively by local and international scientists including students for research spanning taxonomy, history, systematics, biogeography, ecology/biology, biosecurity, education and conservation.

Each year the MAGNT presents a dynamic program of both internally-developed exhibitions, carefully curated from the collection, and the best travelling exhibitions from around Australia. The natural science gallery is a great place to come and see examples of local animals and habitats, from displays of butterflies to Giant Groper and ancient fossilised beasts.

The Museum of Central Australia, located at the Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs, also has an outstanding exhibition featuring the unique natural and geological history of Central Australia, and one of Australia’s most important collections relating to Indigenous ceremonial life.