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Office of Northern Australia

The Office of Northern Australia (ONA) is the Australian Government’s area of expertise for Northern Australia. The ONA coordinates implementation of the Government’s Northern Australia policy agenda to achieve a sustainable and contemporary northern economy. The ONA provides policy advice, coordinates operational support for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, supports Indigenous inclusion, coordinates whole-of-government reporting, and facilitates governance structures.

The Office of Northern Australia supports the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, the Hon David Littleproud MP, and the Special Envoy for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, to deliver the Northern Australia agenda, setting the foundations for investment and sustainable economic growth. The ONA sits within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Communications and engagement are vital to keep stakeholders across the north, and the nation, informed of opportunities and progress. The Minister for Northern Australia’s Annual Statement to the Parliament, the annual Developing Northern Australia Conference, and regular roundtable discussions and events across Northern Australia provide national coverage of the Northern Australia agenda. The whole-of-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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