Migrate for business

2020 to 2021 program year update

The Australian Government has not yet allocated nomination quotas to the states and territories for the 2020 to 2021 program year.

At this stage, onshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) nomination applications and all Business Investment and Innovation Program nomination applications will continue to be accepted and assessed, but no nominations can be issued until the Northern Territory has been allocated quotas. Offshore GSM nomination applications remain closed. We will update as further information becomes available.

Applicants must note that nominations are not guaranteed and the nomination application fee is non-refundable.

Read more on the 2020 to 2021 program year update.

Now is an ideal time to start a business in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) or move your business to the NT.

Australia is one of the world’s top 20 economies and Asia is becoming the world’s economic powerhouse.

The NT is the closest part of Australia to Asia and will benefit greatly as Asian economies keep growing and needing more goods and services.

Take a closer look at the NT to understand what it has to offer so you can identify potential partners and capitalise on future opportunities.

You can find out more about migration for business people and investors, get an economic overview or access the Northern Territory’s investment portal.

Aerial view of Darwin city

Migration for business people and investors

If you are interested in starting a business, investing or retiring in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) you should contact the NT Government’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

The NT Government can nominate eligible overseas business people and investors for all of the Australian Government’s Business Innovation and Investment visas.

To be eligible for the majority of these visas you will need a nomination from an Australian state government, such as the NT Government.

Here are some business visa options that could suit you.

  • Business Talent (subclass 132) visa
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) visa - includes the Significant Investor and Premium Investor visa streams
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) visa.

The Australian Government's Visa Finder can help you find the right visa.

MINT program

The Migration Innovation Northern Territory (MINT) program is an initiative owned by the Darwin Innovation Hub and Paspalis Asset Management and supported by the Northern Territory Government.

The program assists overseas nationals get Northern Territory Government nomination. They need to show commitment to involvement with the Darwin Innovation Hub.

The Migration Innovation Northern Territory 2019/20 program has commenced. Read more on the program objectives, nomination criteria and how to take part.

For further information go to the Darwin Innovation Hub website.