PwC grows far north presence with new offices in Darwin and Cairns

29 March 2023 2 min. read
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PwC is making a push in the country’s tropics with a new permanent office in Cairns and a relocation to the waterfront in Darwin, driven by what the firm says is the region’s strategic importance.

Professional services firm PwC has grown its presence in the far north of Australia with fresh office launches in Darwin and Cairns.

The new office at Darwin’s waterfront in the CBD will be home to PwC Indigenous Consulting along with an expanded Integrated Infrastructure team, with the firm looking to boost its count from 16 local employees. The PwC Indigenous Consulting and infrastructure teams are also leading the Cairns expansion.

PwC grows far north presence with new offices in Darwin and Cairns

“Darwin’s proximity to Asia makes it an essential business link for both the private and public sectors,” said PwC CEO Tom Seymour. “We believe there is a considerable pipeline of work building in the Territory, particularly in defence, resources and energy, agriculture, tourism and social infrastructure. Projects in these sectors will drive growth and help the NT Government achieve its goal of building a $40 billion economy by 2030.”

Seymour also noted the Territory’s strong defence credentials and their importance in relation to the AUKUS alliance for strategically growing its own local presence – although the firm has been keeping busy across the region in recent years. An investor in the Sun Cable project, local consulting projects have included work on the Tennant Creek to Darwin infrastructure corridor and feasibility studies on a local AFL team and city stadium.

“The Territory is taking off, with $40 billion worth of major projects in the pipeline,” said NT chief minister Natasha Fyles, who attended the launch alongside federal agriculture, fisheries and forestry minister Murray Watt. “We are home to some of the most unique opportunities when it comes to work, business and investment, and we are seeing this reflected in major national firms like PwC moving premises to Darwin.”

Meanwhile, the firm has also recently celebrated an office launch in Cairns, where its infrastructure team has been working on a detailed business case for the state government’s Cairns Marine Precinct expansion project, for which the government has since committed a further $150 million in funding with the goal of capturing a greater number of defence and maritime contracts via the construction of a 5000-tonne ship-lift.

“This represents a significant milestone and demonstrates our commitment to supporting the growth and opportunities that exist in regional Queensland and Northern Australia,” said regional Integrated Infrastructure lead Sean O'Meara. “The team and I are extremely proud to continue to support our existing and future clients across the region and deliver regionally and nationally significant projects.”