Record Budget Unlocks Future Of Territory Education

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government’s 2024 Budget will see all Territory Government schools be fully funded – bringing the Territory’s education budget to a record breaking $1.34 billion.

This Government is focused on getting Territory students work ready and the landmark $1 billion funding boost to education will be used to improve skills and learning across all Territory schools.

Fully funding our schools allows a greater focus on Territory students getting the skills and knowledge needed to start their careers and be a success in the workforce.

This never before seen investment into Territory education will start to flow into classrooms from 2025, with the education budget for government schools increasing by $100 million, to a record $890 million, since the 2023 Budget.

The Territory faces specific challenges seen nowhere else in the country, and this extra funding will first go to supporting our most disadvantaged schools and creating a better future for children in remote communities.

Territorians can also expect to see greater school resources, improved infrastructure such as classrooms, better teaching and learning conditions and also more programs which will help students catch up, keep up and finish school.

The Territory Labor Government will also invest $34 million over three years and $2.5 million on-going from 2027-28 to overhaul the out-dated Student Administration and Management System (SAMS). A new fit for purpose Education Management System (EMS) will provide more streamlined and accurate records of student enrolment, attendance and performance.

A contemporary education management system will better enable schools and the system to support students and improve educational outcomes.

Education is key to the best future possible and the Territory Labor Government is making sure no child is left behind.

Quotes attributed to Chief Minister, Eva Lawler:

“I’m focused on ensuring Territory students are work ready and our education system is tailored so our kids are ready to start their careers or do further study when they leave school.

“Education changes lives and this record investment by the Territory Labor Government will open up a new era of opportunities for Territory children.

“No other Government in the history of the Northern Territory has achieved full and fair funded for our schools.”

Quotes attributed to Minister for Education, Mark Monaghan:

“Today’s record education budget is more than just a figure on a piece of paper, it signifies a historic shift for the future generations of Territory students who will now have access to more and greater learning resources, programs and education infrastructure.

“This isn’t just a win for students, teachers will also greatly benefit from the extra funding and we expect to be able to attract new and more teachers with the additional funding to flow over the next five years.

Northern Territory Government

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