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White Paper on Developing Northern Australia

On 18 June 2015 the Government released the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. The White Paper is a vision—and a plan—to unlock the great potential and opportunities of the north. The White Paper focuses on building priority roads, developing water resources, removing red tape, building a sustainable workforce and ensuring effective governance arrangements.

For further information, or to download a copy of the White Paper, visit:

Northern rivers and dams: An assessment of surface water storage potential in northern Australia has also been released by CSIRO as a supplement to the White Paper. This report is available from the CSIRO website.

The Office of Northern Australia provides policy advice to the Australian Government on sustainable development issues in, or affecting, northern Australia.

The Office of Northern Australia works to enable better coordination across the Australian Government and between governments, businesses and communities on issues affecting northern Australia.