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Location

Location:

Northern Territory, Australia

Type

Investment type:

Headquarter relocation

Sector

Sector:

Various

The opportunity

Australia’s Northern Territory is the ideal location for companies looking to relocate their Asia-Pacific regional headquarters. As the unofficial capital of Northern Australia, Darwin offers a strategic location for businesses servicing both the Australian and Asian markets. The Territory’s digital connectivity, growing base of renewable power assets and an appealing lifestyle makes it a regional headquarter option well worth considering.

Why the Territory

Strategic location

Darwin is the closest Australian capital city to growing Asian markets, connected through a 24/7 international airport, the prime gateway to Asia and beyond to Europe and North America via Singapore. Australia is one of the easiest places in the world to do business, underpinned by sound regulation and the rule of law, making Australia a secure base for expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

Digital connectivity

Our digital ecosystem has been strengthened by recent announcements of new digital connections between Darwin and key markets as well as investments in new data centres. Darwin is increasingly being recognised as a regionally significant digital hub, with three new subsea cables connecting Darwin to global markets announced in late 2021 / early 2022 including:

  • Vocus’ Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore link, connecting the North West Cable System and the Australian Singapore Cable to create a direct link between Darwin, Jakarta and Singapore. Delivering 40 terabits per second, it will be operational by mid-2023.
  • Announced November 2021, the Hawaiki Nui project is a 22 000 km submarine cable connecting New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States. Hawaiki Nui will provide end-to-end connectivity between the three main hubs of the Pacific region – Singapore, Sydney and Los Angeles and link Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin while providing direct access to Singapore and Los Angeles. Hawaiki Nui will be ready for service in 2025.
  • Inligo Networks announced in January 2022 it’s Asia Connect Cable-1 (ACC-1) connecting Indonesia-Singapore-Dili-Darwin-Japan-Guam and the West Coast of USA. It will be ready for service in late 2023/early 2024.

New international cables routes complement recent network developments and announcements between Darwin and major Australian centres including:

  • Terabit Territory – a highly secure, high speed terabit network connecting Darwin to Adelaide and Brisbane operating since August 2021.
  • HyperOne – a new generation network connecting every Australian capital city and boosting capacity for regional and remote areas, with the Darwin to Adelaide link being delivered in phase one of the rollout.
  • Inligo has announced its Unite Cable System that will link its AAC-1 subsea cable to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, via Darwin. Stage 1 will connect Darwin to Adelaide and should be ready for service in late 2023/early 2024.

Access to renewable energy  

Global commitments to net zero emissions by mid‐century provide opportunities for Territory businesses. A well-suited climate and geography makes solar the most widely used renewable energy resource for power generation in the Territory. This provides opportunity for companies to strengthen their environmental, social, and governance proposition and create value for their companies through low or zero carbon emission data storage.

The $30+ billion Sun Cable Australia-Asia Power Link project highlights the potential of the Territory’s solar resources, with the world’s largest solar farm and battery system being developed in the Barkly region. Incorporating a 5,000km high voltage direct current transmission system, the project will supply long term, renewable electricity to Darwin and Singapore markets. 800MW of reliable and competitively priced renewable electricity will be available in Darwin by late 2026.

Support to relocate staff and operations

The Commonwealth Government’s Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce (GBTAT) assists in attracting international talent and top-tier businesses – creating quality jobs and filling critical skills and supply chain gaps. GBTAT has a range of incentives and support available to help relocate high-yield businesses and exceptionally talented individuals to Australia.

Businesses that meet the GBTAT eligibility criteria may be able to access premium visas, tailored advice on relocating, guidance on the tax implications of investments, and connections to valuable networks.

To find out more about the taskforce visit www.globalaustralia.gov.au

Contact details

Claire George
Executive Director Investment Attraction
Investment Territory
Investment@nt.gov.au
+61 8 8999 5369

Updated 16 March 2022