A quality education empowers young people and unlocks their full potential. For this to be realised, students must feel safe and welcome in their learning environment.

The Department of Education (DOE) is committed to growing connections with young people, families and communities to engage every child in learning.

Enrolment and attendance policies have been updated to reflect the department’s commitment to strengthening educational engagement with children, their families and the community.

Watch this space

The Department of Education’s new enrolment and attendance policy will articulate the principles and practices that support engagement in educational settings. It will be designed as an overarching foundation document with topic-specific guidelines and procedures aimed at supporting schools understand their legislative obligations as well as to better promote the department’s commitment to engaging all children in education.

The department’s policy package will be published in late 2022.

Policies and guidelines

The Northern Territory (NT) 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 NT Government schools.

The following documents provide parents, families and schools with guiding information in regards to the requirements of assessing student eligibility for enrolment, processing and recording student enrolment and attendance and ensuring enrolment and attendance is enforced where mandatory.

Read more about priority enrolment areas. To get the enrolment forms, go to the NT Government website.

Additional documents for NT schools staff are on the DOE intranet (staff access only).

Enrolment policy

Eligibility guidelines

Eligible options guidelines

Enrolment procedures

Enforcement guidelines

Management and priority enrolment guidelines

Special schools and special centres guidelines

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 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: 12 September 2022

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