Growing Territory’s Service Exports

NT Government
Eva Lawler

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

Joel Bowden

Minister for International Education

Media Release

Growing the Territory’s Service Exports

16 January 2023

The Territory Labor Government is working with business and industry to grow the Territory’s service exports to $800 million by 2026.

Services trade is an important part of the Territory’s exports and contributed to 3.6 percent of total Territory exports.

In 2023, Northern Territory service exports increased by 24.3% to $455 million, to be more than halfway to reaching our target of $800 million by 2026.

One company helping grow the Territory’s service exports is international education and training provider Alana Kaye College.

In 2022, Alana Kaye College was named NT Exporter of the Year for the outstanding contribution to the Territory’s international education sector.

Alana Kaye College also represented the Northern Territory in the International Education and Training category at the Australian Export Awards in Canberra last year.

In 2018, Alana Kaye started exporting to the international market and have been successful in bringing in over 600 international students to Australia. The majority of whom now reside and study in the Northern Territory.

Alana Kaye’s international student cohort is from over 30 different countries. Over the last 12 months international students have arrived from Japan, South Korea, Philippines, India, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Fiji, China and the Netherlands.

As of May 2023 Alana Kaye had 1,065 students of which 230 were international students.

To continue to grow the Territory’s Export’s Chief Minister Eva Lawler, will travel to Japan next week to further trade talks.

47 per cent of the Territory’s export go to Japan, as Darwin supplies 10 per cent of Japan’s annual LNG needs.

While in Japan the Chief Minister will meet with key industry representatives and investors to progress major initiatives, including INPEX and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. These meetings and initiatives reinforce the importance of the Territory’s strong and ensuring relationship with Japan which will continue to grow jobs for Territorians, and grow our economy.

Quotes attributed to Chief Minister Eva Lawler:

“The Territory Labor Government is working alongside business and industry to grow our service exports to $800 million by 2026 which will support the Territory’s vision of achieving a $40 billion economy by 2030.

“International two-way trade is an important driver of the Territory’s economy because it catalyses growth in investment, generates new business opportunities and creates local jobs.

“This is why next week I am travelling to Japan. To progress important conversations with INPEX and other Japanese based companies to further projects in the Territory.

“Territory exporters make an important contribution to the Territory economy and by supporting them we are enabling more jobs for Territorians and help grow capabilities of our industry.”

Quotes attributed to Minister for International Education Joel Bowden:

“International students strengthen cultural, social and economic ties and bring diversity to our community and valuable skills to the Territory’s workforce.

“With more than 5,000 international students enrolled to study with 25 of the Territory’s education and training providers including Alana Kaye College, the international education sector contributes $165 million in to the economy and supports nearly 600 jobs.

“We want to continue to attract international students to choose the Territory and with the new Charles Darwin University city campus in Darwin set to open this year we want to double the number of students to 10,000 in the coming years.”

Quotes attributed to Alana Kaye College Chief Executive Officer, Alana Anderson:

“Alana Kaye College will continue its expansion during 2024 with the introduction of new programs during the year.

“Our strategies for 2024 include the commencement of our English Language (ELICOS) program in our Darwin Campus, undertaking Trans National Training in Aged Care and Individual Support offshore including countries like Sri Lanka, Philippines and India, and seeking new markets around the world for bringing international students into the Northern Territory.

“We are continually expanding our export markets and seeking new opportunities for the benefit of our students, our college and the Northern Territory.”

Northern Territory Government

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