The new Education Act and Education Regulations commenced 2 January 2016.

Work is currently underway to update policies, guidelines and other information sources to reflect the new Education Act and Regulations.

Read more about legislation and the changes and updates to policies following introduction of the Education Act 2015.

To find out more you can contact Legislation Services by calling (08) 8901 4990 or emailing legislation.services@nt.gov.au.

Current policies

Policies provide advice for schools, students, parents and the wider school community on the provision of education services and decision-making processes across the Northern Territory.

All policies on this website are current and enforceable. If the suggested review date has passed, the policy remains current until the review is undertaken.

Schools can create their own policies in addition to the departmental policies listed below.

Talk to your child's school about their local policies.

All documentation related to the health of students, anaphylaxis, asthma, condom provision, drugs in school, head lice (nits), health care plans, infectious diseases, medications, school nutrition and healthy eating and sun safety has been relocated to the Health of Students section on this page

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Alcohol consumption on department premises

Get the following policy documents for alcohol consumption on Department of Education premises:

Allocation of government school education

An allocation of 26 semesters of government school education for each child in the Northern Territory has been implemented under the new Education Act

The allocation of government school education applies to all students enrolled at Northern Territory government primary, middle and senior secondary schools from 1 January 2016.

Every student enrolled in a Northern Territory government school is entitled to receive an allocation of 26 semesters (13 years) of government school education from Transition to Year 12.

Current students will be allocated the number of semesters they need to finish school calculated from 1 January 2016. For example, a student enrolled in Year 5 at the commencement of Semester 1, 2016 will have a remaining allocation of 16 semesters, which will allow them the time they need to finish Year 12.

From now on, students who enrol in a government school at any time after Transition will be allocated the balance of semesters required to finish school at the end of Year 12.

Students can apply for an additional allocation if they need more time to complete their schooling.

Read the guidelines and application forms below for more information.


School Operations
Email: schoolops.det@nt.gov.au

Amalgamation or closure of a government school

Animals in schools

Asbestos in schools

Get the following policy documents describing how to manage asbestos in schools:

Assistance animals

Get the following policy documents for Assistance Animals:


Back to school payments

Get the following policy documents for back to school payments:

Career development services

Get the following documents for career development services.

Chaplaincy services in schools

Schools in the Northern Territory may, after appropriate consultation with their school community, appoint a chaplain to support the provision of pastoral care and emotional wellbeing.

National School Chaplaincy Program

The Australian Government funded National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) supports the delivery of school chaplaincy services in the Northern Territory through the provision of a conditional grant of financial assistance, which is administered by the Department of Education.

Professional learning for Chaplains

Frequently Asked Questions for the cyberbullying Professional Learning Package for Chaplains

Community use of school facilities


Get the following complaints policy documents.

Read more about where and how to make your complaint about your child's school, vocational education or training in school or an early childhood service.

Privacy statements can be found here.

Critical Incident Response

Get the following policy documents for critical incident response.

Data access

Early childhood transition to school

Get the policy on early childhood transition to school. 

Read more about the early childhood transition to school package

Emergency management

English as a second language


Get the enrolment and criminal history checks for mature age students policy documents.


The Education Act outlines the enrolment, attendance and participation requirements for all children residing in the Northern Territory and establishes parameters around the enrolment of students in Northern Territory government schools.

This following policy, guidelines and procedures provide quality and consistent processes for all schools and departmental staff to adhere to when assessing student eligibility for enrolment, processing and recording student enrolments and ensuring enrolment is enforced.

Priority Enrolment Area Map

Criminal history checks for prospective mature age students

From 1 January 2016 all prospective mature age students must undertake a criminal history check to resume studies in any Northern Territory school. This applies to both government and non-government schools.

This applies to all prospective students who are 18 years of age or older and have not been enrolled in a school in the previous 12 months.

When applying to enrol in a school, mature age students must provide a criminal history record at their own expense. The criminal history record will be checked for disqualifying offences. If the applicant has a disqualifying offence they may not enrol in any school in the NT.

There are separate processes for government, Catholic and independent schools.

Government Schools

Mature age applicants for enrolment in government schools can access the application forms and guidelines below.


NT Department of Education
School Operations
GPO Box 4821 Darwin NT 0801
Email: schoolops.det@nt.gov.au

Non-government schools

Mature age applicants for Catholic schools should contact the Catholic Education Office:

Catholic Education Office
PO Box 219 Berrimah NT 0828
Phone: 08 8984 1400
Email: admin.ceo@nt.catholic.edu.au

Mature age applicants for all other independent schools should contact the Association of Independent Schools NT:

Association of Independent Schools NT
GPO Box 2085 Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 08 8981 8668
Email: accounts@aisnt.asn.au


External providers in schools

Get the following documents for external providers engaged for teaching and learning

Gifted education

Get the following gifted and talented education policy documents:

Health of Students

Home education

Get the following policy documents for home education.

For more information, guidelines and application forms for home education go to the Northern Territory Government website.


Get the homework policy document.

Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Guidelines for the Implementation of Indigenous Languages and Cultures Programs in Schools

Implementation of the Northern Territory Board of Studies Keeping Indigenous Languages and Cultures Strong – A Plan for Teaching and Learning of Indigenous Languages and Cultures in the Northern Territory (the Plan) (1.9 mb) is scheduled for 2018 commencing with trials in selected schools.

  • …the Plan provides a long term vision and goal for building the capacity of our Indigenous leaders, sector and school leaders and classroom educators to implement teaching and learning programs in Indigenous Languages and Cultures.

The Plan aligns the teaching of Indigenous Languages and Cultures (ILC) in the Northern Territory with the Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages as part of the Australian Curriculum: Languages learning area.

Guidelines for the implementation of ILC programs in schools have been developed to support schools in engaging with the Plan and the long term goals of building ILC teaching and learning capacity across the Northern Territory.

The guidelines also outline the roles and responsibilities of the regional and corporate office business units in supporting schools.

A revised Northern Territory Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum has been drafted and will be trialled in a number of schools during 2018.

The guidelines have been developed for all NT schooling contexts; urban, remote and very remote, and can be used to guide practice regardless of whether the school is using the NTCF ILC curriculum or trialling the new Northern Territory Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum.


For more information contact the Consultant, Indigenous Languages and Cultures Consultant by calling (08) 8944 9225 or email ailsa.purdon@nt.gov.au.

Information Statement

Get the following departmental Information Statement

Landscaping and trees

Literacy and numeracy improvement

Policy under review.

Managing student behaviour – detention, suspension and expulsion

Mandatory reporting of harm and exploitation of children

Mobile phones and electronic devices in the school environment

Naming of government educational facilities in the NT

Physical activity requirements for school students

Get the physical activity requirements for schools policy document.

Police in schools

Get the following police in schools policy documents:

Political activities and promotion of materials

Pre-compulsory years of schooling: early years learning framework

Preschool specific policy

Get the following preschool specific policy documents.


Get the following privacy policy documents.

Recording and reporting student injuries

Registration of a non-government school

Get the following policy documents for non-government schools:

For further information, please contact the Manager of Non-Government Schools at ngs.det@nt.gov.au

Religious instruction

Reporting of alleged misconduct of a teacher

Get the following policy documents for reporting of alleged misconduct of a teacher.

Safety in school sport

School representative bodies

School representative bodies provide a way for parents and community members to be involved with decisions at schools.

There are three types of school representative bodies:

  • school council - an elected body of members for a government school
  • independent public school board - an elected body of members for government schools that are independent public schools
  • joint school representative body - an elected body of members which represent more than one government school.

Role of school representative bodies

A school representative body is the governing body of a school. They work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Independent public school boards have all the functions of a school council; however school boards focus on strategy and monitoring performance.  


For more information contact the Department of Education by calling (08) 8901 1383 or emailing schoolops.det@nt.gov.au.

Council of Government School Organisations

The Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations (NTCOGSO) is a voluntary organisation made up of members from affiliated school representative bodies.

NTCOGSO provides support for school representative bodies including training and publication of resources for members.

For more information contact:

Phone: (08) 8999 3255
Fax: (08) 8999 3254

Independent public school board

Specific policy and guidelines for Independent public school boards are currently under development.

School uniforms

Sexual behaviour in children

Site rules for contractors entering school premises

Get the following documents for contractors entering school premises here

Smoke free premises

Students with disability

NDIS information for schools

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information package for Northern Territory Government schools comprises documents which contain the appropriate documentation needed by each stakeholder group; family, provider or school.


The Northern Territory Government would like to acknowledge the  Victorian Department of Education and Training, South Australian Department of Education and Child Development and the National Disability Insurance Scheme for permission to use and adapt their information for the development of this information package.

Swimming and water safety

Get the following policy and supporting documents for swimming and water safety:

Temporary school closure

Get the documents on temporary school closures.

Read more about emergency management.

Text and Media in Schools

These guidelines have been developed to assist teachers and principals in making informed decisions when selecting spoken, written or visual text and media to be used by the school. There are legislative requirements regarding the Australian Classification Codes and copyright laws that schools must adhere to. Additionally, students and parents have the right to make a conscientious objection to a resource or program and the school will follow these guidelines to manage such objections.

Transport for students - free public bus travel

Transport for students with special needs

Trespass on school premises

Internal guidelines regarding Trespass on School Premises can be located here (internal staff access only).

VET Delivered to Secondary Students

You can get the following Vocational Education and Training policy documents:

Go to Vocational Education and Training for information on procedures for VET Delivered to Secondary Students coordination and the VET DSS program handbook.

Work experience

Get the following work experience policy documents.

Working with children clearance notices (Ochre cards)

Last updated: 31 May 2018