Infrastructure investment

The following education infrastructure projects are currently underway in the Northern Territory (NT).

Palmerston special school

The construction of Stage 1 of a special school in Palmerston is in progress and due for completion in Semester 2, 2016.

The $21.35 million investment will provide 84 preschool and primary school places for children with special needs.

The purpose-built school has been designed to maximise learning opportunities for high support needs children, creating a teaching environment tailored to the safety and amenity of the students.

The design includes three general learning areas, a hydrotherapy pool, multi-purpose hall, specialised outdoor learning areas, an administration building and security access control of doors throughout the school.

The new school will provide families with special needs children living in the Palmerston and Rural region greater access to specialised education.

Henbury School

The construction of a new Henbury School is well underway and due for completion in July 2016.

The new school is being built in the grounds of Dripstone Middle School. It will replace the existing Henbury School and meet projected enrolment growth for secondary students with special needs in Darwin. 

The $33 million, purpose-built special education school will cater for 120 middle and senior students who meet the criteria for enrolment in special school settings and will incorporate special facilities to engage students in pathways training programs to better prepare them for life after school.

NT Open Education Centre

The construction of the new NT Open Education facility in the grounds of Darwin High School is in progress and due for completion in July 2016. 

The facility is a senior secondary distance education school catering for Years 10 to 12, providing flexible distance study options to over 600 students across the NT.

The building will also accommodate the business administration area for Darwin High School together with a modern front entrance and reception areas for parents and visitors to both schools.

This $12.4 million investment is supported by a $3 million contribution from the INPEX operated Ichthys LNG project as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the local community.

Nhulunbuy Boarding Facility

The construction of Stage 1 of a new boarding facility at Nhulunbuy to cater for remote Indigenous students is in progress and due for completion in December 2016.

Stage 1 of the design features six buildings interconnected by walkways and includes two 20-bed residential blocks, a communal facility, an administration centre and housing for the manager and deputy manager.

The $20.03 million facility will include single, double and four-bed student rooms, a computer centre, music centre, a basketball court, stage and amphitheatre, as well as a commercial kitchen and dining facilities.

Larapinta Child and Family Centre

The integrated child and family centre at Larapinta Primary School is due to be completed in June 2016.

The Larapinta Child and Family Centre will provide 70 new long day childcare places and will help to meet a growing need for childcare in Alice Springs for children aged from 0 to 5 years.

The $5.5 million centre will see early childhood education and care services combined with targeted support services such as parent education, family support programs and allied health and wellbeing services, particularly for families with complex support needs.

Braitling Preschool

The new Braitling Preschool is in progress and due for completion in August 2016.

The new $4.030 million preschool will provide 44 places and will cater for future growth, meeting the needs of students entering the first stage of schooling.

Boosting our Economy education works package

On 6 March 2016, the NT government announced schools across the Territory will be repaired and upgraded as part of a $100 million Boosting our Economy package aimed at providing immediate job opportunities for local small to medium businesses.

Up to $68.5 million is included in the package for education projects including upgrades, repairs and maintenance at government and non-government schools.

Government schools

 A breakdown of funding is as follows:

  • $33 million for various upgrade works
  • $11 million for water upgrade works
  • $10 million for mechanical upgrade works
  • $5 million increase to the 2015-16 repairs and maintenance program.

Non- government schools

$10 million for upgrades to various non-government schools across the NT.


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Last updated: 28 November 2017