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Critical minerals in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is an emerging lithium producer and has large rare earths and vanadium projects.

Many existing and feasible critical mineral sites in the Northern Territory are located close to major infrastructure and the Port of Darwin – a well-equipped bulk commodity port with direct connection to a freight railway corridor and the closest major port to Australia’s key trading partners.

There are also large under-explored areas of the territory, providing significant opportunities for discoveries of critical minerals including:

  • lithium
  • vanadium
  • cobalt
  • tungsten
  • titanium
  • nickel
  • magnesium
  • molybdenum
  • rare earths, such as fluorapatite, allanite and monazite.

The resources sector is a key priority for the Northern Territory government. The Resourcing the Territory initiative supports exploration and is designed to position the territory as a key destination for minerals and energy investment.

Incentives, grants and support

Skilled individuals and businesses keen to join the Northern Territory resources sector have access to  advice and support for migrating, investing and working here. There are financial incentives for business owners as well as government grants to support businesses and individuals to make their mark in the Northern Territory.

The Darwin Innovation Hub provides startups, scaleups and established businesses with access to extensive networks, information, resources and strategies. It also has grants available through its Entrepreneurs Programme to help eligible applicants grow their business.

Case studies

Core Lithium has started construction on the A$89 million Finniss Lithium Project, which is expected to mine approximately one million tonnes of lithium bearing ore.

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