Curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification

The Department of Education (the department) is committed to improving education outcomes for every child in the Northern Territory (NT) by optimising curriculum provision, using best practice assessment principles and ensuring integrity in all reporting and certification obligations.

Educators and department staff must follow certain policies, procedures and guidelines that support the design, delivery and assessment of quality teaching and learning programs and explain how they report on student outcomes.

These policies ensure consistency and clarity of practice in all areas of curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification in all NT government schools.

Northern Territory Board of Studies policy

The Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) is the statutory body advising the Minister and the Chief Executive of the Department of Education on curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification - from early childhood through to the senior secondary years.

NTBOS provides policy advice to educators from all sectors on a diverse range of topics.

Read the NTBOS policies and guidelines.

Department of Education policy

The department’s policy, with topic-specific guidelines and procedures, support educators and department staff to understand the actions required to be compliant with legislation and the department’s strategic direction.

Read the:

The curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification policy will be reviewed in December 2022, or following the release of version 9.0 of the Australian Curriculum.

Procedures, guidelines, support documents and resources

Suitable text and media resources

Educators can refer to the suitable text and media page on eLearn.

External providers engaged for teaching and learning

Educators can refer to the external providers in schools page on eLearn.

Guidelines under development

The following guidelines and procedures are under development:

  • Quality assurance of learning and assessment planning
  • Transitioning through schooling
  • Reporting to parents
  • Student reports - information management and archiving.


If you need information about a policy topic on this page, contact the Quality, Teaching and Learning division on 08 8944 9376.

Last updated: 08 April 2022

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