The Northern Territory government has kicked off a $50m population program that includes generating 21,000 jobs in 10 years and contributing an additional $10bn to the local economy.
Chief minister Michael Gunner unveiled the strategy, which aims to attract about 2,600 new residents to the NT each year.
“The Territory Labor government’s number one priority is creating local jobs,” Gunner said. “Attracting more people to live in the Territory means more jobs.”
The government plans to support families who move to the region and take on “high-priority jobs” with a five-year subsidy worth more than $15,000. The funding is intended to help with relocation costs and other expenses such as child care, car or license registration, or business registration.
While there’s a growing trend among regional centres to grow their population, Gunner said: “No other Territory government has been this serious and strategic about population growth and job creation.”
“More people making the Territory their home is the key to our bright future, and creating the best opportunities for future generations,” he said.
The plan targets early career women as well as mid-career and migrant workers who can fill the following roles:
- Chief executive or managing director
- Sales and marketing manager
- Engineering manager
- Hotel or motel manager
- Aeroplane pilot
- Mechanical engineer
- Early childhood teacher
- University lecturer
- Retail pharmacist
- General practitioner
- Fitter (general)
- Plumber (general)
- Electrician (general)
Those interested in joining the program can register starting 1 November.