Many students in the Northern Territory have unique circumstances
It is well known and recognised that some students in the Northern Territory (NT) live in challenging circumstances and require additional support to ensure they can achieve to the best of their abilities.
The NT has the largest proportion of children aged 0-8 years of any state or territory in Australia, 14.1 per cent compared to 11.5 per cent nationally. The NT also has the largest proportion of Indigenous children, 42 per cent compared to 6 per cent nationally.
Geographically, 48 per cent of all children aged 0-12 in the NT live in remote areas compared to 3 per cent nationally and over 37 per cent of NT government school students have a language background other than English.
The 2013 Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory found that by Year 3, Indigenous students in very remote schools in the NT are already two years of schooling behind Indigenous students in very remote schools in the rest of Australia in their writing results and that by Year 9, the gap is about five years of schooling.
More must be done to support students at risk of not learning
The Australian Government recognises that by working collaboratively with the Northern Territory government and community more can be done to improve the educational outcomes of Territory students.
To assist the NT in its reforms in education, on top of the $2.3 billion being provided by the Australian Government to NT government schools over the period 2018-2027, an additional $78.5 million will be provided to accelerate evidence-based reforms to improve student outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children.
The Commonwealth will work with the NT to identify and implement reforms that build on existing good practice in the Territory such as the Families as First Teachers initiative as well as explore new opportunities to overcoming known barriers to participation in education for Indigenous and disadvantaged children.