Developing Northern Australia conference 2022

Wed 6-Fri 8 July 2022, various times, AEST

Now in its 8th year, the Developing Northern Australia Conference aligns closely with but is independent from the Australian Government’s ‘Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia’.

‘Our North, Our Future’ is a 20-year plan released in 2015 to drive growth, investment and support in the region via six pillars:

  • Global positioning – security, defence and space;
  • Next-generation agriculture and water;
  • Energy and resources;
  • Enabling infrastructure;
  • Liveability, affordability and workforce; and
  • Mobilising indigenous-led development

Held every second year, the conference offers attendees the chance to discuss challenges and opportunities aligned with each pillar and  reflect upon progress made.

Conference outcomes have a major influence on policy and program development, problem-solving and investment attraction across Australia’s north.

In 2022, the theme is ‘A Lead on Inclusive Development for the 21st Century’.

View the 2022 conference agenda.

View the 2022 speaker line-up.

View this year’s exhibitor line-up.

When and where?

The conference is scheduled to take place from Wednesday 6 July–Friday 8 July 2022 at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, 258 Alfred St, Mackay QLD 4740. View the venue on a map.

You can also register to attend online sessions.

Times are as follows:

Conference sessions – Day 1: 1.30pm-5.30pm; Day 2: 8.30am-5pm; Day 3: 8.30am-3.30pm
Tours – Day 1 from 8am-noon; Day 2 from 5.30am-8am
Gala dinner – Day 2 from 5-10pm

Ticket pricing

In person delegate: $1,499; virtual delegate: $499. All rates are per person, GST of 10% is extra. Both day tours and the Gala dinner are optional extras (with separate ticketing and pricing).

Registration and further information

For more information, visit the official event website, contact the conference organiser, Renee Morley on 07 5502 2068 or email 

To purchase tickets for the conference and ancillary events, click here.