Northern Territory Office

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the Commonwealth Government's principal adviser on foreign and trade policy.

The Northern Territory Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade works to promote trade, encourage growth, attract investment and support Australian business; the four pillars of economic diplomacy.

We do this by raising awareness and understanding in the Northern Territory of foreign policy and trade issues and by assisting business and the Northern Territory Government to make the most of international trade opportunities.

Our services

Assistance to exporters – we can assist Northern Territory businesses with interests in trade and investments overseas.

Briefings and seminars - the Northern Territory Office offers briefings and seminars on foreign and trade related issues by DFAT experts and visiting Australian Ambassadors and Consuls General.

Outreach activitiesthis office aims to promote understanding of Australia’s foreign and trade policy throughout the community. Please contact us if you would like someone from the Department to speak to your school, business or community group on:

  • foreign policy issues
  • the Government’s trade negotiations and objectives
  • the benefits that trade brings to Australia
  • the Department’s consular role

Passports - Applications for Australian passports may be lodged by appointment at most Australia Post outlets or in some circumstances at the Australian Passport Office, located at the Northern Territory Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Please direct enquiries to the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232.

Consular services - Members of the public who will travel overseas are encouraged to access the consular information service provided by DFAT.

Information - DFAT providesinformation on the international trade environment including publications on Australia, Australian foreign and trade policies and the economic and political climate in other countries:


DFAT recruits both graduates and non-graduates for a range of positions. The Department offers a varied and challenging career advancing Australia's international political, economic, consular and security interests.

The Northern Territory Office does not recruit employees directly and there are no opportunities for work experience within the office.

Other services

Contact us


Phone: (08) 8982 4199

Fax: (08) 8982 4155

Northern Territory Office
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
GPO Box 1910
Darwin NT 0801

5th Floor, Northern Territory House
22 Mitchell Street
Darwin, NT 0800

Passport counter hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.00pm
Passport application interviews are by appointment only.

Australian Passport Information Service
Phone: 131 232
Fax: (08) 8982 4111

Authentications and Apostilles counter hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30am-12:00pm
Apostilles, authentications and Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (legalising documents)

Our people

Northern Territory Director, Lorenzo Strano OAM

Assistance and information

The Northern Territory Office provides access to:

  • Briefings and seminars on foreign and trade related issues and policy, such as free trade agreements (FTAs)
  • Advice on access to overseas markets and international business networks
  • Access to a range of publications designed to provide information on Australia,
  • Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of almost 240 countries and economies is available direct from our country information section.
  • Opportunities to meet and discuss trade and foreign policy issues with heads of Australian diplomatic and consular missions when they visit the Northern Territory.
  • Trade and economic information about the Northern Territory [PDF 33 KB].

For more information about the practical aspects of exporting see Austrade

Are you exporting or planning to export?

Among the most important responsibilities of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to negotiate away market access barriers which hinder Australian exporters in their efforts to develop export markets.

These can include such things as tariffs, quotas, or unreasonable technical regulations or standards. The department is able to address these problems in bilateral government to government negotiations with the country concerned, in regional forums such as APEC, or in the World Trade Organization.

The department can target those market access barriers which matter to Australian business only if Australian business tells the department what they are. We therefore encourage Northern Territory businesses which find themselves up against market access barriers in potential export markets to contact the Northern Territory Office and make us aware of the problem so that we can help fix it.

If you are a Northern Territory business affected by market access barriers, our Director will always be keen to hear from you. There is no charge for consulting us on such matters - it is part of our core business as a policy arm of government, aimed at creating the best possible conditions for a more prosperous Australia.

To discuss market access issues, please contact:

Northern Territory Office
Phone: (08) 8982 4199

Are your business practices consistent with Australia’s application of international sanctions?

Sanctions are measures designed to address situations of international concern. It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to ensure they comply with Australian laws and international sanctions.

The Northern Territory Office hosts regular outreach sessions. To participate, please contact

View further information regarding international sanctions.

Do you travel overseas for business?

In addition to information for general travellers DFAT also provides specific advice for Australian business travellers. This information aims to assist employers and the employees undertaking business travel to make safe travel decisions.

Need a foreign visa? Contact the relevant foreign embassy or consulate in Australia.

Do you regularly travel to the Asia-Pacific region for business? To apply for an APEC Business Travel Card, which allows eligible accredited business people to obtain streamlined business visitor entry to the economies of the Asia-Pacific region, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 881.

Additional Resources

Business Organisations

International Business Council

Northern Territory Government

Office of Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment

Department of Business

Business Enterprise Centre

Trade Support Scheme

Australian Government

Austrade - Australian Trade Commission

EFIC - Export Finance and Insurance Company

ACIAR – Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Tourism Australia

ASIO – Business Liaison Unit

Single Business Service - Department of Industry and Science

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Public Holiday Closures 2015

The office will be closed to the public for the following holidays:

1 January 2015 – New Year's Day

26 January 2015 – Australia Day

3 April 2015 – Good Friday

6 April 2015 – Easter Monday

27 April 2015 – ANZAC Day (in lieu)

4 May 2015 – May Day

8 June 2015 – Queen’s Birthday

24 July 2015 – Darwin Show Day

3 August 2015 – Picnic Day

23 December 2015 – Christmas closure

24 December 2015 – Christmas closure

25 December 2015 – Christmas Day

28 December 2015 – Boxing Day (in lieu)

29 December 2015 – Christmas closure

31 December 2015 – Christmas closure

Mailing list

If you would like to be included on our mailing list to receive invitations to our business briefings and other DFAT-related events, or if you would like to update your details, please complete this form:

Business Database registration [DOC 406 KB]

and return it to:

Fax: (08) 8982 4155
Mail: Database Officer
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
GPO Box 1910, Darwin NT 0801

Trade and economic fact sheet for the Northern Territory [PDF]

Brochure: How we can assist your business [PDF 259 KB]