Northern Australia Agenda

Developing the new Northern Australia Action Plan—Refresh of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia

We recently embarked on engagement with stakeholders to inform a refresh of the 2015 Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

This work is part of the Australian Government's commitment to addressing the unique and complex challenges that hinder Northern Australia's development potential.

Work is currently being done to finalise a Northern Australia Action Plan (the Plan). Once completed the Plan will be available here for viewing.

If you would like to ensure you are kept up-to-date on the status of the Plan, please register to the Office of Northern Australia Stakeholder e-newsletter.

Relevant documentation:

Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia

The Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (White Paper) is the Government's 20-year framework to guide policy makers and investors in building a strong, prosperous, resilient northern economy.

The White Paper is a 20-year plan for investment and collaborative support to unlock the strategic potential of the north. It is focused on developing industries and facilitating long-term economic growth. The White Paper is positioning Northern Australia as an attractive environment for businesses to invest and communities to flourish.

The White Paper was informed by the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which sought to facilitate feedback on opportunities, risks, challenges and policy options to drive growth in the north.

The Australian Government defines Northern Australia as all of the Northern Territory and those parts of Queensland and Western Australia that intersect with the Tropic of Capricorn, as well as the Indian Ocean Territories of Christmas, Cocos and Keeling Islands.

Developing Northern Australia and realising its economic opportunities requires the collective efforts of all levels of government, the private sector, and communities. Working together will secure the north's strong and sustainable future.

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