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NT Signs Up To Commonwealth School Reforms


The Northern Territory Government has secured a record, $5.7 billion funding agreement for NT schools, in a landmark new deal with the Federal Government.

The National School Reform Agreement and bilateral will see $2.3 billion of Commonwealth Government funding flow to Territory schools over six years, alongside a record, $3.4 billion investment in education from the Territory Labor Government.

As part of the deal, the Commonwealth is providing $78.5 million to accelerate school improvement, including working with the NT on priority reforms from the Gonski 2.0 report.

The Commonwealth will also support the Territory Labor Government to increase community-led schooling in remote communities, which is part of the Territory’s local decision making agenda, boost schools’ emphasis on literacy and numeracy and improve pathways to secondary school for remote and very remote students.

The Northern Territory is the fourth state or territory to sign up to the National School Reform Agreement, following New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.