What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australia’s Northern Territory

Northern Territory or NT is a federal Australian territory in the centre and central northern regions. The capital city is Darwin. The population is not concentrated in coastal regions but rather along the Stuart Highway.  The other major settlements are Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, and Tennant Creek. Residents of the Northern Territory are often known simply as “Territorians”, or more informally as “Top Enders” and “Centralians.”


Primary Industries in Northern Territory of Australia


This sector comprises plant industries such as mangoes, melons, citrus and cucumbers, along with smaller crops of tropical fruits like bananas, dragonfruit, rambutan, and asian vegetables. The agricultural sector includes broad-acre cropping, pasture seed and hay production.

  This sector comprises plant industries agricultural sector and animal industry What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory  

Animal industries comprise cattle and buffalo production mainly for the live export trade. The Top End is home to seven commercial crocodile farms, which predominantly farm the salt-water crocodile producing premium skins and meat primarily for the international export market.


Oil and Gas


Just north of the Northern Territory vast gas resources are under development in the Bonaparte Basin. The Timor Sea is regarded as a highly prospective petroleum region and contains world scale oil and gas fields under various stages of operation, construction and consideration. With its abundant petroleum resources, central location to Asian markets and an increasing number of major resource projects in the Timor Sea and beyond, the Northern Territory is ideally positioned to be an energy centre of global significance.



Mining in Northern Territory What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory

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Mining is the engine room of the Territory economy. It is our economy’s strongest sector, worth $4.3 billion in 2008-09. The Territory has some of the nation’s biggest sites, including Ranger, the world’s second largest uranium mine; GEMCO, the country’s largest manganese project; McArthur River, Australia’s third-largest zinc producer; Rio Tinto Alcan, Australia’s fourth-largest producer of bauxite and alumina; and Callie, Australia’s sixth-largest goldmine, in the Tanami Desert.




Manufacturing is an important sector in the Northern Territory economy, having strong interactions with other production sectors, especially through the provision of inputs to the construction and mining sectors. Due to its proximity to the massive consumer market in Asia, the Northern Territory has well placed to service this demand in the development of a true manufacturing sector using down-stream technologies and by-products from the enormous oil and gas reserves on our door-step.



  ICT What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory  

The ICT sector is well-established in the NT and a number of large multi-national corporations such as Telstra, Fujitsu and Optus have a presence in the NT. There are also many small-to-medium size enterprises that cater for operational and end-user requirements such as software development, multimedia technology and systems support and maintenance.


Fisheries and Aquaculture


The Territory’s seafood industry comprises wild-caught, aquaculture and trade/processor sectors, and is a major contributor to employment and investment in the Northern Territory. Seafood is one of our most prized resources and with over 650 businesses involved in the industry, in areas such as boatyards, marine engineering and fabrication, chandlery, and supplies; fishing and aquaculture in the NT is an exciting industry right now and into the future.



Northern Territory Defence What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory

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The large Defence presence in the Northern Territory creates opportunities for development of Darwin as a regional supply, service and distribution centre, with an increase in Territory companies providing services to Defence prime contractors. The Australian Defence Force is continually recruiting personnel in all facets of the service from Defence reserves, cadets, non-uniform Departmental jobs, and of course, Navy, Army and Air Force employment.


Construction, Engineering and Property


The Territory is undergoing an unprecedented level of expansion as a major international gas hub and key trade gateway to Asia. In addition to this, the Territory’s commercial, industrial and residential construction industry is in overdrive, as population growth drives up demand for quality housing. Impressive new developments such as the Waterfront and Darwin Convention Centre, new suburbs in Darwin and Palmerston, and the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs, are fuelling a construction boom which shows no sign of abating.


Filipinos in Northern Territory of Australia


The Northern Territory has been home to many migrant Filipinos who stayed in the country way back from the 1800’s. It was during 1895 when a small group of Filipinos predominantly from the central and southern Philippines, were employed as divers and processors of pearl shells in the local pearling industry.


The worsening political situation in the Philippines following the declaration of Martial law in 1972 also led the professional and well-qualified Filipinos to seek better opportunities and improve their standard of living overseas. Filipinos in Northern Territory were mostly teachers who found opportunities through the attractive packages provided by the Commonwealth Teaching Service and undertook teaching positions in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.


During the 1980’s when the Australian Government introduces the Family Reunion and Marriage Visa Scheme really paves the wave for the migration of the Filipino community’s extended family and spouses of Australian residents to the Northern Territory. Today, this migration continues through the Filipino entrants under the Australian Government’s 457 visa for business and skilled migrants– in jobs ranging from mechanics to civil engineers and is part of the solution to the skills shortage in the Northern Territory. The spouses and children have accompanied many of these entrants, many of whom have obtained permanent resident status.


Filipino Community Organizations in Northern Territory


The Filipino Australian Association of NT (FAANT), established in 1973, plays an important role in organizing community events such as the Barrio Fiesta, Harmony Day Youth Concert and the anniversary celebration of the Philippine Independence.

The Filipino Australian Association of NT What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory

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It manages the Filipino Community Centre at Batten Road. FAANT also provides support services to its members and it’s active in promoting social and recreational activities for the community such as its very own basketball League. For more details visit their website at http://faantinc.com.au/.


The Filipino Aussie Society was formed in 1990, the society is involved in providing services to its members, ranging from driving lessons, computer classes, recreational activities including music arts (instrument, voice, songwriting)and chess games as well as outreach support for members in times of need.


Filipiniana Senior Citizens Associations Inc., the association is active in providing outreach services to its community members, as well as social activities such as mini golf and excursions particularly through its weekly get together.

Filipiniana Senior Citizens Associations Inc. What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory

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The group also have fun-filled activities for Valentine’s Day, Easter Bonnet parties and Seniors’ camping trips.


The Katherine Filipino Australia Association (KFAANT) is also active in the annual Harmony Day events, as well as fundraising activities by Miss KFAANT and Filipino community celebrations such as the Philippine Independence Day and Christmas celebrations.


The Mabuhay Multicultural Association, the association is the Filipino Association in Alice Springs. The membership of the Association extends beyond Alice Springs to Yulara, Tennant Creek, Renner’s Springs, Waite River Station and other areas around Alice Springs.


The main goal of the association is to bring together the Filipinos for social occasions, as well as to share their heritage and traditions with the Alice Springs community. The Association is also active in welcoming new Filipino arrivals and introducing them to the community.


Filipino Community Events in Northern Territory


One of the highlights of the community events celebrated in August is the Barrio Fiesta. The annual festival first started in 1996 which showcases traditional dance, music, food and the many aspects of Filipino culture. Other events include the Philippines Independence Day on 12 June. They also observe and celebrate the religious occasions of Easter and Christmas, as well as christenings and weddings.


Filipino Shops in Northern Territory of Australia

  Filipino Shops in Northern Territory of Australia What Filipinos Should Expect When Living and Working in Australias Northern Territory  

Mabuhay Restaurant

  • 25 Mitchell Street, Darwin
  • Telephone (08) 8942 2995

Asian Sari Sari Store

  • Darwin Store – Rapid Creek Business Village, Shop 24/48 Trower Rd Millner. Ph/Fax – 08 8948 1441
  • Palmerston Store – Unit 6, 5 McKenzie Place, Yarrawonga. Ph – 08 8983 3112 / Fax – 08 8983 3114
  • Supplying all your Favourite Philippine Products, including- • Beauty Products • Food additives • Snacks • Frozen Fish • Ice-Cream *Money Transfers Worldwide *Door-to-Door Boxes

Filipino Food

  • Stuart Highway Yarrawonga, Northern Territory Australia

Rodolfo’s Restaurant

  • Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0871
  • Phone 8953 3900, 0423 518 890, 0423 916 317
  • Email   jrapartnership@yahoo.com.au
  • International Cuisine (Filipino Foods Expertise)
  • TAKEAWAY pick up only
  • Schedule

Open 11:00am LUNCH (Booking required)

Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Sunday 9:30am to 3:30pm – 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.

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