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


The Education Act 2015 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.

View the priority enrolment area maps.

To get the enrolment forms, go to the NT Government website.

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

Last updated: 31 May 2021

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