Aboriginal Business Development Program

The Aboriginal Business Development Program assists Aboriginal people interested in starting or expanding an existing their business in the Northern Territory (NT).

You can get help with:

  • business growth and sustainability
  • creating new enterprises
  • increasing the number of Aboriginal owned and operated businesses
  • increasing your knowledge and skills
  • creating new employment
  • developing new skills.

You will get one-on-one support from a small business champion.

To find out if you are eligible for the program, you need to talk to a small business champion.

Contact a small business champion.

To be eligible for grant assistance, you must be able to prove:

  • you are a resident of NT
  • that your business is at least 50% Aboriginal owned and operated, and is based and registered in the NT.

Your application must demonstrate a viable business.

You may need to supply some or all of the following documents:

  • business plan or feasibility plan
  • financial statements, business activity statement or cash flow forecast
  • zoning or land tenure approval
  • government owned housing approval
  • council land approvals
  • leasing documents
  • licences / permits
  • insurance - certificate of currency
  • compliant quotes for services / works.

From 25 December 2021, vaccination requirements will apply to all:

  • NT Government contractors
  • grant recipients.

To find out more, read the conditions of contract for COVID-19 mandatory requirements.

For all Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade grants, an extra declaration will be added to the terms and conditions.

Applicants must confirm they are meeting the directions of the policy. The department may ask for proof to check compliance.


For more information about the program, contact a small business champion.

Last updated: 23 December 2021

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