The Department of Business offers many practical services and programs to assist Territory businesses.

There are around 14 000 active businesses in the Northern Territory, and the vast majority are classed as small and medium enterprises with fewer than 150 employees.

The biggest business sectors are mining, agriculture, tourism, construction and public administration. Mining accounts for a quarter of the gross state product.

The department can assist business owners at all stages of their business development - getting started, licensing requirements, skills development, business growth mentoring, energy audits and an array of financial incentives and support.

The Northern Territory is rapidly developing as an oil and gas industry hub. It is a gateway to the nearby South East Asian markets and hosts a burgeoning Defence support industry.