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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Get the following policy documents for alcohol consumption on Department of Education premises:
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.
- Allocation of government school education guidelines - (103.2 KB)
- Allocation of government school education guidelines - (158.2 KB)
Allocation of Government School Education (26 Semesters)
Get the policy documents for amalgamation or permanent closure of a government school.
Get the following policy documents describing how to manage asbestos in schools:
- asbestos alert information for schools - assists principals in managing asbestos in schools and the implementation of safety procedures - please review the list of personal protective equipment prior to beginning work that does not require a licensed asbestos removalist
- asbestos alert flier for schools - information on how to manage asbestos in schools and how to respond to a suspected asbestos incident
- asbestos presentation for school staff
- asbestos presentation for school children
Get the following policy documents for attendance:
- Attendance and participation policy - (664.1 KB)
- Attendance and participation policy - (66.5 KB)
- Attendance - compliance guidelines - (931.8 KB)
- Attendance - compliance guidelines - (251.3 KB)
- Attendance - recording and reporting guidelines - (812.2 KB)
- Attendance - recording and reporting guidelines - (71.1 KB)
Policies and guidelines
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.
- Permission for student to participate in chaplaincy program (form)
- Permission for student to participate in chaplaincy program (form)
- Risk management plan for chaplain program in schools (template)
- Risk management plan for chaplain program in schools (template)
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.
- NSCP 2016 - 2018 annual progress report and financial acquittal (form)
- NSCP 2016 - 2018 annual progress report and financial acquittal (form)
Get the following policy documents for the 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.
Get the following emergency management policy documents.
- Emergency management: school preparedness policy
Emergency management: school preparedness policy
- Emergency management: plans for schools guidelines
Emergency management: plans for schools guidelines
- Emergency management plan template
Emergency management plan template
- Emergency management: public emergency shelter policy
Emergency management: public emergency shelter policy
- Temporary school closures guidelines
Temporary school closures guidelines
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.
- Attachment A – Enrolment management plan template - (127.6 KB)
Enrolment management and priority enrolment guidelines
- Enrolment in distance education schools guidelines - (266.3 KB)
Enrolment in distance education guidelines
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.
Mature age applicants for enrolment in government schools can access the application forms and guidelines below.
NT Department of Education
GPO Box 4821 Darwin NT 0801
Mature age applicants for Catholic schools should contact the Catholic Education Office:
Mature age applicants for all other independent schools should contact the Association of Independent Schools NT:
Get the following documents for external providers engaged for teaching and learning
External providers guidelines
Get the following gifted and talented education policy documents:
- Gifted and talented education policy
Gifted and talented education policy
- Gifted and talented education guidelines
Gifted and talented education guidelines
- Appendix 1 - the differences between bright and gifted
Appendix 1 - the differences between bright and gifted
- Appendix 2 - checklist for parents of young children
Appendix 2 - checklist for parents of young children
- Appendix 3 - checklist for parents of primary age children
Appendix 3 - checklist for parents of primary age children
- Appendix 4 - checklist for identifying intellectually gifted
Appendix 4 - checklist for identifying intellectually gifted Indigenous students
- Appendix 5 - checklists for identifying intellectually gifted
Indigenous peer nomination
Appendix 5 - checklists for identifying intellectually gifted Indigenous peer nomination
- Appendix 6 - checklist for identifying gifted underachievers
Appendix 6 - checklist for identifying gifted underachievers
- Appendix 7 - international guidelines on suitability for accelerated
Appendix 7 - international guidelines on suitability for accelerated progression
- Appendix 8 - Renzulli model
Appendix 8 - Renzulli model
- Appendix 9 - Gagne's model
Appendix 9 - Gagne's model
- Appendix 10 - Williams model
Appendix 10 - Williams model
- Appendix 11 - Blooms taxonomy
Appendix 11 - Blooms taxonomy
- Appendix 12 - Maker model
Appendix 12 - Maker model
- Attachment 1 - teacher process
Attachment 1 - teacher process
- Attachment 2 - parent process
Attachment 2 - parent process
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.
- Home Education - Guidelines - (223.4 KB)
- Home Education - Guidelines - (64.2 KB)
- Home Education - Application for new families - (389.4 KB)
- Home Education - Application for new families - (64.1 KB)
- Home Education - Application for continuing families - (359.0 KB)
- Home Education - Application guidelines for parents - (376.3 KB)
- Home Education - Application guidelines for parents - (136.0 KB)
The Northern Territory Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum
The revised Northern Territory Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum is now complete and available for schools. The curriculum was developed by a reference group led by Indigenous educators from across the Northern Territory.
At the heart of the curriculum is cultural knowledge, organised across three strands: Country/Land, People and Kinship, and Natural Environment. Students in Northern Territory schools come from diverse linguistic backgrounds and to cater for this diversity the NT ILC Curriculum provides four broad learner pathways:
- First language pathway
- Language Revitalisation, Revival and Renewal Pathway
- Second Language Learner Pathway
- Language and Cultural Awareness Pathway
The choice of pathway is based on the community language profile and the knowledge situation of the languages. Schools negotiate the choice of the focus language and the best language learning pathway with the school community.
Keeping Indigenous Languages and Cultures Strong
The NT ILC curriculum is part 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).
- …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 in the Australian Curriculum: Languages learning area.
ILC Curriculum Implementation guidelines
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.
The guidelines have been developed for all NT schooling contexts; urban, remote and very remote.
For more information contact the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Consultants:
email@example.com; (08) 8944 9225
firstname.lastname@example.org; (08) 8951 1584
- Keeping Languages Strong – a Plan for Teaching and Learning of Indigenous Languages and Cultures in the Northern Territory - (1.9 MB)
- Guidelines for the implementation of Indigenous Languages and Cultures Programs in schools - (8.0 MB)
- Template 1 Stakeholder Engagement Plan - (582.8 KB)
- Template 2 Consultation Feedback Register - (582.7 KB)
- Template 3 ILC Committee Terms of Reference - (579.2 KB)
- Template 4 ILC Program Agreement - (581.7 KB)
NT Indigenous Languages and Cultures Curriculum Documents
Get the landscaping and trees policy documents.
- Planting in schools guidline 2- plant selection - (143.0 KB)
- Solar power - (127.2 KB)
- Arid area schools recommended plants - (138.3 KB)
- Landscape design guidelines - (154.9 KB)
- Planting guidelines - (85.0 KB)
- Plants not to be used in school grounds - (232.1 KB)
- Plants that are potentially weeds - (161.6 KB)
- Removal of trees and other plants - (92.5 KB)
- Tree and shrub pruning guidelines - (128.1 KB)
- Tree root barriers - (53.9 KB)
- Tropical area schools recommended plants - (203.5 KB)
- Where not to plant trees, shrubs and palms - (88.0 KB)
Landscaping and Trees
Detention and Internal Suspension
- Detention/internal suspension guidelines
Detention/internal suspension guidelines
- Parent letter template - Period of after hours detention
- Suspension guideline
- Notice of suspension - template
- Parent letter template - Suspension
Get the following mandatory reporting policy documents.
- Mandatory reporting training powerpoint 2019 - (1.3 MB)
Mandatory reporting of harm and exploitation of children
You can get the mobile phone and electronic device policy documents:
Get the following policy documents for naming government education facilities.
Get the following police in schools policy documents:
The School-Based Police Program was launched in ten government schools at the start of Term 4, 2018.
The Department of Education completed a review of the program in Term 2, 2019 and has committed to implementing all recommendations by the end of 2019.
The Police in Schools Guidelines will be updated at the start of 2020 to reflect the service delivery framework for schools and school-based police officers.
Get the following early years of learning policy documents.
Get the following preschool specific policy documents.
- Responsible person in preschool - Procedure - (829.1 KB)
- Responsible person in preschool - Procedure - (93.6 KB)
- Nutrition, food and beverages - Guidelines - (177.2 KB)
- Nutrition, food and beverages - Guidelines - (65.0 KB)
- Managing water hazards in preschool - Guidelines - (157.0 KB)
- Managing water hazards in preschool - Guidelines - (61.1 KB)
- Privacy Statement - (855.8 KB)
- Privacy Statement - (67.0 KB)
- NAPLAN Online privacy notice - (334.0 KB)
- NAPLAN Online privacy notice - (59.0 KB)
- Privacy complaints policy - (790.5 KB)
- Privacy complaints policy - (59.1 KB)
- Privacy complaint form - (811.9 KB)
- Privacy complaint form - (59.4 KB)
- Privacy complaint handling guidelines and procedures - (826.4 KB)
- Privacy complaint handling guidelines and procedures - (306.7 KB)
Get the following policy documents for non-government schools:
- Registration of a Non-Government School Policy - (61.3 KB)
- Registration of a Non-Government School Policy - (642.9 KB)
- Registration of a Non-Government School Guidelines - (108.9 KB)
- Registration of a Non-Government School Guidelines - (907.4 KB)
Registration of a non-government school
For further information, please contact the Manager of Non-Government Schools at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Independent public school board
Specific policy and guidelines for Independent public school boards are currently under development.
- Sexual behaviour in children guidelines
Sexual behaviour in children guidelines
- Attachment A – Behaviour support plan template
Attachment A – Behaviour support plan template
- Attachment B – Support and safety plan template
Attachment B – Support and safety plan template
- Attachment C – Health and counselling services
Attachment C – Health and counselling services
Get the following documents for contractors entering school premises here
- Site Rules For Contractors Entering School Premises - (983.8 KB)
Site Rules For Contractors Entering School Premises
Get the following policy documents for students with a disability.
- Students with disability policy
- Students with disability guidelines
- Diagnostic Assessment guidelines
- Transition from school for students with disability guidelines
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.
Get the following policy and supporting documents for swimming and water safety:
- Attachment A - Qualifications and ratios table - (68.0 KB)
- Attachment A - Qualifications and ratios table - (914.8 KB)
- Attachment D - Diving depth matrix - (63.5 KB)
- Attachment D - Diving depth matrix - (499.0 KB)
- Attachment E - Cover letter examples for parents - (57.2 KB)
- Attachment E - Cover letter examples for parents - (627.2 KB)
- Attachment F - Responsibilities summary checklist - (687.7 KB)
- Template A - Water survival challenge proficiency - (830.7 KB)
- Template B - Risk management plan - (66.8 KB)
- Template B - Risk management plan - (791.1 KB)
- Template B1- Risk management plan example - (817.5 KB)
- Template B1- Risk management plan example - (66.8 KB)
- Template C - Emergency action plan - (56.5 KB)
- Template C - Emergency action plan - (667.9 KB)
- Template C1 - Emergency action plan example - (62.9 KB)
- Template C1 - Emergency action plan example - (810.1 KB)
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.
- Attachment A - Parent consent form - opt in model - (293.9 KB)
- Attachment B - Parent consent form - opt out model - (293.3 KB)
Suitable Text and Media Resources
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.
Get the following work experience policy documents.
- Work experience policy - (62.4 KB)
- Work experience policy - (304.9 KB)
- Requirements of a Host Workplace - (51.8 KB)
- Requirements of a Host Workplace - (292.2 KB)
- Work Experience Guidelines - (115.1 KB)
- Work Experience Guidelines - (412.2 KB)
- School Work Experience Agreement Form - (48.8 KB)
- School Work Experience Agreement Form - (228.9 KB)
Last updated: 10 July 2019