Investing for impact across the north

NAIF is a $5 billion development financier to provide loans to infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. NAIF’s mission is to be an innovative financing partner in the growth of northern Australia. A key focus of any financing is to drive public benefit, economic and population growth and Indigenous involvement in northern Australia. About us

NAIF investments

NAIF has made financing commitments of $2.4 billion in investments decisions and conditional approvals to projects in northern Australia. These projects are forecast to generate $6.6 billion in economic impact and support around 8,000 jobs (during construction and operations).

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NAIF Investment Decisions

Examples of the sectors that NAIF can support include, but are not limited to, resources, airports, ports and rail, agriculture, water, energy, social infrastructure (including property, tourism, education and health), manufacturing and telecommunications.

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      Performance Summary

      NAIF is delivering on its vision to transform northern Australia through financing infrastructure development.

      23 Investment
      decisions
      $2.4bn in committed
      loans
      $1.2bn in closed
      deals
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      Our latest news

      Contractual close reached on NAIF support to CQUniversity Australia

      The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is pleased to announce that a $76 million loan to support CQUniversity Australia (CQU) following the impacts of COVID-19 has reached contractual close.

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      Project update on Northern Territory Shiplift

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      NAIF expands footprint in northern Australia with new Darwin office

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      Investing for impact across the north: Annual Report 2019-20

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      Government reaffirms ongoing commitment to developing northern Australia

      Joint media release from the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon Keith ...

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      Frequently asked questions

      NAIF is a Commonwealth Government agency established to facilitate economic growth by lending to infrastructure projects and businesses in northern Australia and helping to catalyse private sector investment.

      NAIF’s record to date includes partnering with projects in a broad range of key industry sectors in the Northern Australia economy, including resources, energy, transport, agriculture and aquaculture, education, tourism and social infrastructure.

      Of particular importance to NAIF is ensuring each project we support delivers significant public benefit, Indigenous engagement and economic growth.

      You can find out more here.

      NAIF can fund projects in parts of Queensland and Western Australia above the Tropic of Capricorn, as well as the whole of the Northern Territory.  We can also fund projects in the areas of Gladstone, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Meekatharra and Wiluna.

      Projects outside these boundaries may be eligible if they produce significant benefits to Northern Australia.

      More details, including a map, can be found here.

      We can finance projects and businesses across a range of sectors including mining and resources, agriculture and aquaculture, transport (including airports, ports, rail and logistics), energy, water, education, tourism, social infrastructure, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing.

      NAIF places particular importance on each project delivering significant public benefit, Indigenous engagement and economic growth.

      You can read more about our projects here

      We work with project proponents to offer a range of flexible debt financing products on commercial terms.

      These range from lending up to 100% of the debt requirements for a project or business, tailored repayments, longer tenor, interest capitalisation arrangements or, where appropriate, lower interest rates than from commercial lenders.

      Operating in northern Australia, we take into account the unique circumstances of the region. Our commercially focused investment teams work closely with proponents to structure loan deals in the most appropriate way.

      Being a Government agency, we also ensure careful stewardship of public funds. Central to this is ensuring that proponents demonstrate an ability to repay loans.

      Please note that NAIF cannot provide equity, grants or funding for feasibility studies.

      NAIF does not provide grants. NAIF’s financing is in the form of commercial loans.