Indigenous Education Strategy

The Indigenous Education Strategy was developed in response to recommendations from the A Share in the Future Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory (NT).

Indigenous Education Strategy 2015-2024 PDF (1.0 MB).

Read more about the Indigenous Education Review.

Implementation plan 2015 to 2017

The Indigenous Education Strategy has been designed in three stages, with the first stage of implementation from 2015 to 2017.

The strategy comprises five elements:

  • foundations - Indigenous children entering primary schooling have the skills and attributes they need to succeed in their education
  • essentials - Indigenous students achieve age benchmarks in literacy and numeracy in their primary years of schooling and plan for their secondary education with confidence
  • pathways - Indigenous students complete schooling well equipped to take up employment, training and higher education opportunities
  • engagement - Indigenous children at all stages of schooling attend school regularly and
    are supported in their education by their families and community
  • workforce - Indigenous student outcomes are improved through a consistent system-wide approach to providing highly skilled and motivated educators and leaders.


An external evaluation and stakeholder consultations on the first stage of implementation will inform the development of stage two from 2018 to 2020.

The independent evaluation is being conducted by Acil Allen Consulting in partnership with the Batchelor Institute.

Development of Stage 2 2018-2020

Consultations with key stakeholders  including schools and communities are underway to inform the development of stage two 2018-2020 of the Indigenous Education Strategy.  An independent evaluation will coincide with the consultation process and will collectively inform stage two.

Stage two will focus on key areas that deliver positive educational outcomes for students, are supported by the community and are sustainable. Stage two implementation will align with new policy direction and government priorities, in particular the government’s commitment to community engagement and local decision making including community-led schools.

The consultation process will be finalised by mid-2017 with the stage two implementation plan to commence from 2018.

For consultation purposes, the follow documents are now available.

1.      Information sheet
2.      Community consultation and information gathering consultation process
3.      Indigenous Education Strategy draft implementation plan 2018-2020
4.      Community engagement and decision making framework draft
5.      Stakeholder list

Implementation support

The Indigenous Education Review Implementation team is overseeing the implementation of the strategy.

To ensure effective targeting of funding the NT government has worked with the Australian Government to align the Stronger Futures National Partnership Agreement with the key actions in the first three years of the strategy’s implementation.


Newsletters provide regular updates on progress of the implementation of the strategy:


You can contact the Indigenous Education Strategy Implementation team by calling (08) 8944 9365 and by emailing

Last updated: 29 July 2019

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