About us

Office of Northern Australia

The Office of Northern Australia (ONA) is the Australian Government's area of expertise for Northern Australia. The ONA oversees the Government's Northern Australia policy agenda to achieve a sustainable and resilient northern economic and social development. The ONA provides policy advice, works with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, supports Indigenous inclusion of First Nations involvement in the agenda, coordinates government reporting, and facilitates governance structures.

The ONA sits within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

Communications and engagement are vital to keep stakeholders across the north, and the nation, informed of opportunities and progress. The government suite of policy and programs are informed by people in the north, advocating for the region they live, work and are invested in.

The ONA collaborates with a diverse range of partners including those listed below.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) provides states and territories with financial assistance for northern infrastructure projects.
Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) logo

Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) funds industry-led research to develop new technologies, products, and services in the north.

Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) logo

The ONA headquarters are in Darwin, with staff and offices in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Perth, and Canberra.

map of ONA locations

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