Criminal history checks for prospective mature age students

From 1 January 2016 the Education Act requires all prospective mature age students to undertake a criminal history check if they wish to resume studies in any Northern Territory school. This applies to both government and non-government schools.

This requirement 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, these students must provide a criminal history record at their own expense.

The applicant’s criminal history record will be checked for disqualifying offences. If the applicant has a disqualifying offence on their criminal history record 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 Department of Education application forms and guidelines below.

NT Department of Education
School Operations
GPO Box 4821 Darwin NT 0801

Application forms and information

Procedures for government school criminal history check

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

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

Last updated: 19 June 2017