Closing the Gap - Northern Territory - Enhancing education - quality teaching and accelerated literacy

Department of the Treasury; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Key Elements

The Australian Government will invest $45.7 million over three years in remote schools in the Northern Territory to address the poor education outcomes of Indigenous students in these communities. The measure will provide an additional $23.0 million for the Quality Teaching Package and $22.7 million for the Accelerated Literacy initiative. 

This measure supports the Government’s commitment to close the gap in Indigenous educational disadvantage, by improving literacy and numeracy skills of students and developing a high performing education workforce, with an emphasis on developing a local Indigenous education workforce in remote schools in the Northern Territory.


Schools in remote areas of Northern Territory are usually small, are staffed by less experienced teachers and have high staff turnover. 

The Quality Teaching Package aims to improve teaching standards and educational outcomes in remote schools by increasing the skills of the education workforce with a priority focus on Indigenous staff. 

The Accelerated Literacy initiative supports schools to develop good teaching practices at the local level to deliver sustained improvement in literacy and numeracy achievement.

This initiative will build on the 2008 COAG Quality Teaching Package and Accelerated Literacy initiative.


This measure will be administered by Northern Territory education providers and will commence at the start of the 2010 school year.

Total Government Funding

$45.7 million over three years.

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