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Norfolk Island Positions Open

Some exciting positions are now open for applications on Norfolk Island. Business Administration Support Position Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island is currently offering the opportunity to join the Norfolk Island office. Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, this position plays a key role in supporting the Norfolk Island Business Support Officer in delivering the Business […]

Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island Appoint On-Island Business Support Officer

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Norfolk Island recently engaged Tina Loader as their on-island Business Support Officer. The focus of Tina’s role will be to help build the capacity of on island businesses enhancing opportunities for business growth, collaboration, and sustainability. Tina will share her significant experience and knowledge in business management and development to build […]

On Island Workshops: Times and Locations

All of the following workshops will be delivered on island at no charge to the participants, bookings are not essential but appreciated for catering, please RSVP directly to Dianne Wall via operations@rdamnc.org.au Tues 11 May (10am-1pm) – Grant Writing with Kerry Grace – Governors Lodge Tues 11 May (5pm-730pm) – Wellness Tourism with Kris Abbey […]

We are hiring!

Business Support Officer Regional Development Australia (RDA) Norfolk Island is seeking a highly motivated individual with relevant skills and experience in business development, relationship development, communication, project management, reporting and online social platforms.  The BSO will work closely with RDAMNC’s CEO, the RDAMNC team, the Administrator of Norfolk Island, the Norfolk Island Regional Council and […]

Building Better Regions Fund Round Five now open

Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream and Community Investments Stream are now open and will close on 5 March 2021. The Round Five Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will invest $200 million into regional Australia with $100 million dedicated to tourism related infrastructure projects. For most projects grant funding will be up to […]

Nourishing Norfolk 2020 – Finale and Wrap Up!

2020 Norfolk Island Incubator Programme – Nourishing Norfolk celebrated it’s finale at last weekend’s markets with the successful incubator participants displaying and selling their products and services. To celebrate the official launch of their new products and services, the 2020 incubator entrepreneurs set up stalls at the Island Sunday markets on 6th December. The event […]

The Grand Finale is upon us!

Our entrepreneurs will be showcasing their wonderful creations this Sunday morning at the Bicentennial Complex!  And at 12pm, straight after the markets, come along to The Local for Bindi’s delicious Nourishing Lunches and FREE workshops  Plus of course Melaleuca are having their Open Day from 2-4pm after their presence at the market!

Wellness Tourism Panel – Recording

This was the fifth and final educational webinar of the 5-part series brought exclusively to the Norfolk Island community by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island as part of the 2020 Nourishing Norfolk Incubator Programme The panel discussed: What is Wellness Tourism The opportunity within this travel sector What a wellness Traveller seeks How to make your business attractive […]

“Wellness Tourism Panel and Discussion” – Free Public Webinar.

Join us this Thursday for the final webinar of RDA Norfolk Island’s, Nourishing Norfolk – Incubator Programme 2020. ZOOM LINK : HERE The webinar and discussion will be slightly different from those previous delivered with a panel of experts who will share their knowledge and wisdom that they have acquired from decade’s worth of experience […]

Video Recording – “Soil Health, Human Health and Emerging Business Opportunities”

How does the health of our soil affect our human health and mental wellbeing? What are the emerging business opportunities and trends in wellness that we need to be aware of? How can Norfolk position itself as a unique “biome retreat”? These were some of the topics that Dr Marc Cohen discussed his recent public […]

Free Public Webinar – Graeme Sait – World leader in sustainable agriculture.

Graeme is the CEO and co-founder of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS), a world leader in sustainable agriculture. He is also an author/educator responsible for over 300 published articles and a popular book, “Nutrition Rules!”. He created the internationally acclaimed, ‘NTS Certificate in Nutrition Farming®. This course has now extended the understanding of over 40,000 farmers, on four continents. […]

Dr Marc Cohen – “Soil Health, Human Health and Emerging Business Opportunities”- Free Public Webinar

How does the health of our soil affect our human health and mental wellbeing? What are the emerging business opportunities and trends in wellness that we need to be aware of? How can Norfolk position itself as a unique “biome retreat”? These are some of the topics that Dr Marc Cohen will discuss in next […]

HOW TO – ZOOM

If you plan to attend a ZOOM Meeting please download the app – HERE Launch the Zoom app on your computer. Now, press the Join a Meeting button from the default screen. A pop-up screen will appear that will ask you to enter the Meeting ID or the Personal Link Name to join in a meeting. You […]

Sam Dunn – “Creating a Wellness Business” – Free Public Webinar.

RDA Norfolk Island, Nourishing Norfolk – Incubator Programme 2020. Join us on ZOOM, Wednesday 5pm November 4th at 5pm Working at the leading edge of the Wellness industry for 20 years, Sam Dunn is a published author, speaker, educator and industry activist, having served on the board of six associations and been twice awarded for […]

Charles Massy – Webinar / Recording

If you would like to view the Webinar hosted by Charles Massy you can do so by clicking HERE It was a great conversation and was followed by a round of questions that had direct relevance to Norfolk Island. Read below for more about Charlie and his background. Charlie is an internationally renowned Regenerative Agriculture […]

Charlie Massy – Regenerative Farming – Free Public Webinar

Regenerative Farmer Advocate and Author Charlie Massy will host a free online webinar on Wednesday 16th September. The webinar is presented by RDA Norfolk Island and Nourishing Norfolk Incubator Programme. The webinar is free and open to everyone, important to note that you will need to have ZOOM on your device or computer and the […]

Lisa McLean – Incubator Mentor – 2020

Lisa McLean – short bio. Lisa Mclean is a Sydney based freelancer who helps small businesses with their online marketing and communications. Lisa began her career in public relations in the 90’s working in PR agencies for corporate, government and lifestyle clients. She was the first Australian PR Manager for the high performance blender Vitamix, […]

Jackie Smith – Incubator Mentor – 2020

Jackie is an accomplished and results focussed leadership development professional coach and consultant with a depth of understanding of both people and business.  Jackie has the ability to bring a fresh perspective to individual and organisational barriers, and how to be flexible and adaptive to the ever changing context.  Jackie established her own training and coaching business […]

Dominique Rizzo – Incubator Mentor – 2020

Dominique Rizzo is one of Queensland’s leading female chefs creating world class bespoke “Gourmet Food & Wine Tours” to Spain, Sicily and beyond. Her mission is to inspire everyone to make a change for the better with her delicious, healthy, real food recipes…..I love the essence of clean, simple whole food cooking. My food style […]

Nicola Kropach – Incubator Mentor – 2020

Nicola is an MBA qualified General Manager specialising in transformative business growth in the aesthetics, health, spa and wellness industry. Recognised as the professional aesthetics industry expert, Nicola has had fifteen years senior management experience and leadership team roles in market leading companies.  Her career progression from sales/marketing and training functions through to general management, […]

Sam Marwood – Incubator Mentor 2020

Sam is a community driven problem solver from central Victoria who is redefining the farming and agriculture industry. With a background in environmental science and social entrepreneurship Sam spent his early years as a policy advisor to the Victorian Government before connecting to his roots- farming and all things the environment. In 2016 Sam recognised […]

Ellie Corley – Incubator Mentor 2020

Ellie is a small business coach who helps business people make the transition from struggling business owner to a successful entrepreneur. Ellie has worked at a senior level advising C suite leaders of international boards for over 15 years. Ellie started her coaching business in 2015 to help other business people deal with the sometimes […]

Jan Roberts – Incubator Mentor 2020

Jan Roberts’ 50+ years of professional and business experience ranges across retail pharmacy, natural medicine, communication, education, promotions, product and service development and endorsement, sales and marketing and more. Since the publication of her first book (1996) she has promoted wellness services and a number of best-of-breed products on behalf of her own company and […]

Maria Collyer – Incubator Mentor 2020

Maria Collyer is a Growth Facilitator for the federal government’s flagship business initiative, The Entrepreneurs Programme. She delivers strategic advisory services to established businesses in Northern NSW and works with most of the region’s well-known brands across food, beverage, fashion and advanced manufacturing. Maria is a multi-awarded food entrepreneur and business expert as the founder […]

Charlie Arnott – Incubator Mentor 2020

Charlie is an award-winning Regenerative Grazier, advocate and educator from Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia. Charlie runs grass-fed Shorthorn Cattle, lamb and pork on his 5,000 hectare property “Hanaminno”, using organic, biodynamic and regenerative grazing principles. Charlie has won several agricultural industry awards for leadership, resource management and conservation. Through education and shared experiences Charlie hopes to inspire fellow producers and farmers […]

Michelle Reeve – Incubator Mentor 2020

Michelle Reeve has a life passion for wellness and natural medicine. She is Founder, Formulator and Managing Director for Waterlily Australasia, a leading wellness spa brand stocked in day spas, clinics and salons in Australia and New Zealand and offered online globally.  The brand was born in 2005 from a naturopathic approach to the skin […]

Kris Abbey – Incubator Mentor 2020

Health and wellness advocate, as well as a passionate educator and digital marketer.

Adam Gibson – Incubator Mentor 2020

Passionate advocate for the global regeneration of our food system

Jonathan Watcham – Incubator Mentor 2020

Experienced, energetic and creative marketing professional

Apply Now: Norfolk Island Business Incubators

Are you in the Agribusiness or Wellness Tourism industry on Norfolk? Do you have a brilliant business idea for Nourishing Norfolk? Norfolk Island residents are warmly invited to apply to take part in the Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island Business Incubator Programs for 2020.   There are two streams available to encourage the development of […]

Expressions of interest Open

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast and Norfolk Island are currently calling for Expressions of Interest for the following projects, which will be delivered on island between June-December 2020. Project officer: Norfolk Island Agribusiness Incubator – Click HERE to download PDF with details on this contract. Project officer: Norfolk Island Wellness Tourism Incubator – Click HERE to download PDF […]

Norfolk Island Paddock to Plate Agribusiness Incubator Discovery Session Postponed Until Further Notice

The Norfolk Island Paddock to Plate Agribusiness Incubator Discovery Session organised by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island has been postponed until further notice. Due to the travel restrictions caused by Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we are now looking into different ways that we can deliver this program in 2020. Once we have a clearer picture of what […]

Norfolk Island Paddock to Plate Incubator Launch

Following the success of 2019’s Tourism Incubator Program, Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island is running a Norfolk Island Paddock to Plate Agribusiness Incubator in 2020. The program is launching with a ‘Discovery Session’ on Thursday 19 March 2020 at Castaway Hotel. Community members who are interested in joining the program will be able to come […]

Coronavirus update: Employer obligations and  available responses

With an increasing concern over the spread of Coronavirus and its impact, how should employers respond? This article written by written by Luis Izzo of Australian Business Lawyers gives a good insight for employers: There are now over 109,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, with at least 100 in Australia. All employers should be taking precautions […]

A DIY Guide to applying for grants- Part 2

Getting started The first article in this series was A DIY Guide for Applying for a Grant: Part 1 – Finding the Funding Source, in which we looked at the numerous ways to locate grants and find out about rounds. In this article, we will assist you to get started with the application. There are two ways […]

A DIY Guide to applying for a grant – Part 1

FINDING GRANT SOURCES So, you’re applying for a grant… Grants are available at all tiers of government; think Federal, State and Local. Grant applications are often time-limited so be prepared to be prepared. In this 10-part series we will explore the world of grants and funding available for your organisation and hopefully make the process […]

Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator + Ignite Norfolk Island 2019

Ferny Lane Theatre hosted the pitchfest event for the successful participants of the Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator and the culmination of Ignite Norfolk Island. Eight participants graduated from the incubator and delivered inspired speeches and presentations describing their business idea’s and future plans. The pitches included businesses focused on guided tours, wellbeing, […]

Norfolk Island Paddock to Plate (and beyond) Agribusiness Incubator

Are you a local grower? Or do you use local food to create something else in the food, health or beauty industries? The Norfolk Island Agribusiness Incubator (Paddock to Plate and Beyond) will commence on Island on Tuesday 10th March 2020. Like the successful 2019 Incubator the program is presented in a ‘just in time’ […]

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 Featured Speaker: Tanya Watts

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming 3-day event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 19 – 21 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator. In our […]

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 Featured Speaker: Kris Abbey

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming 3-day event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 19 – 21 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator. In our […]

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 Featured Speaker: Scott Pearse

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming 3-day event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 19 – 21 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator. In our […]

Ignite Norfolk 2019

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 18 – 22 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator. Mentors and speakers […]

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 Featured Speaker: Donna Carrier

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming 3-day event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 19 – 21 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator. In our […]

Identifying Your Occupation

If anyone is having difficulty with how occupations are categorised in the survey, here is one option to help. Click on the link below and by entering your occupation it will identify the industry that it belongs to. We agree that some of them are not as logical as they could be. https://bit.ly/2PwjP5h

Skills Identification Project

A Local Skills Identification Survey is currently being conducted.The survey is for all Norfolk Islanders and any Norfolk Islanders living abroad who would like to take part.The project when completed will help to identify:• The diversity and depth of local expertise• Opportunities for future business development• Areas of future training and support for local businesses […]

Introducing Amanda

Amanda Fisher, aka The Cash Flow Queen, is a Chartered Accountant who is on a mission to educate business owners about how to understand and interpret their business numbers so that they can make better business decisions. Reasons often cited for the high failure rate of new businesses include poor cash flow and lack of […]

Introducing Andrew

Andrew Campbell, Chief Entrepreneur Officer of Port Macquarie based On Ramp Australia is one of the volunteer mentors assisting participants of the Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator program. Andrew’s diverse background spans 4.5-5 star hotel management, farming, agri-tourism and business coaching. Andrew is also a licensed business broker and coach and a qualified Vet. While Andrew […]

Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator open

Do you have a brilliant idea for a new business on Norfolk Island? Or would you like to grow your existing business? The Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator could be just the thing for you. More information about the program can be found here. And to apply please click here Applications close 8 March 2019. For […]

Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator Program

Do you have a business idea for Norfolk Island? Or perhaps you’re already running a business and it’s time to grow? Later this month Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island will launch the new Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator Program – designed to assist your business to evolve. The Incubator has been designed to assist the development […]

How important is skills portability?

Most people in the Australian workforce now accept and understand that jobs come and go and that shifting sands is the new norm across many industries. And that is not to mention the rise of contract, part-time and casual work arrangements that do not add to feelings of confidence of employment certainty, nor under-employment which […]

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