Content about Land
Education level is a key determinant of employment and income for Indigenous workers in the Darwin region
Over 95% of workers with a diploma or degree were employed, falling to 75% of those educated to year 9, who had much lower salaries and higher income volatility.
Hotspots for potentially vulnerable mammals occupy 28% of the 233,950 hectares notionally available for agriculture. Those for endangered species occupy just 0.07%.
Businesses that made capital purchases in their first year of operations lasted on average two more years than those that did not.
The Indigenous estate contains high concentrations of threatened species, and more than 50,000 hectares of habitat for the region’s two most endemic threatened animals.
Development of land for cropping in the Darwin area can occur away from the habitats of threatened species
In the Darwin area, less than 1% of the land suitable for soybean cropping overlaps the habitats of the two threatened animal species investigated.
Indigenous workers made up 50% of park rangers and 44% of social security workers. Workers with tertiary qualifications earned similar salaries in urban and rural jobs.
Provide flexible and agile support for diverse development pathways. Help investors avoid options at high risk of being non-viable. Target RD&E to address risks.
Between 2002 and 2015 more than half new jobs in agriculture were in the services sector and the number of businesses in that sector increased from 29 to 59.
There was substantial agricultural development in the Darwin area without sustained government investment
Business turnover increased by more than $100 million and over 200 new jobs were created over a 13-year period at the beginning of the century.
For example, a support network that is adaptive enough to identify and provide assistance to investors where their need is greatest, and government has the expertise to assist
Targeted research, development and extension (RD&E) that addresses the high risks of learning and failing, trialled at a small scale
Well targeted RD&E can help reduce the high risk of failure and contain costs at the small scale while solutions to the challenges of farming in tropical locations are tested and refined
Government can help primarily by providing greater clarity and efficiency in how approvals are processed, and also by providing access to information such as resource assessments
A look at recent agricultural development in the Darwin rural area and what we can learn to make informed decisions for the future
How government could support investment northern agriculture - a literature survey
Opportunities for Indigenous communities and conservation in the Darwin region
An examination of employment rates and salaries of Indigenous people in the Darwin area and how they relate to education and area of living
How agriculture can develop in the Darwin area without interfering with the conservation of threatened species
This project tested the use of government data to understand the effects of water management on communities in the Murray-Darling Basin