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Education and research in Northern Territory

Australia’s Northern Territory, with its close proximity to the Asia Pacific region, attracts both domestic and international students.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is in the top 100 in the world for its compliance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It’s ranked 4th in the world for research and impact towards the Gender Equality SDG.

CDU also boasts outstanding outcomes for postgraduate and research students – it’s the number 3 university in Australia for postgraduate full-time employment and 8th for postgraduate starting salaries.

In 2019 the Territory’s international education and training sector grew by 29% compared with national growth of 10%, led by private vocational education and training providers.

Innovation hubs and launch pads

Education and research are supported by a thriving innovation ecosystem:

  • The Darwin Innovation Hub is a premier conference and co-working venue, connecting the brightest minds in the NT through its startup and business growth ecosystem. The Hub is also home to multiple funding initiatives, including a co-investment network that has facilitated millions of dollars in investment.
  • The Centre for Appropriate Technology brings technology and training to NT’s remote Indigenous communities and brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the forefront of tech-enabled sectors. Its advocacy incorporates government, Aboriginal communities and organisations, Aboriginal Land Councils, educational institutions and the private sector.
  • Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is committed to a more connected desert and remote Australia, working across desert leadership, digital innovation, renewable energy and research. Among its flagship projects is the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, where researchers and industry demonstrate the Territory’s immense capability in renewables.

Incentives, grants and support

Skilled individuals and businesses keen to join the Northern Territory education and research industry have access to advice and support for migrating and investing and working. There are 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, while its Northern Territory Angel Network gives entrepreneurs access to angel investment funding from across the Territory and the Asia-Pacific region.

Case studies

Charles Darwin University has partnered with SPEE3D to form the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, a joint initiative to utilise a world-first 3D metal printing technology. The Alliance will collaborate to engage with industry partners, trades and academics to develop real-world applications, create industry procedures and standards and drive material development.