Closing the Gap - Northern Territory - Language, literacy and numeracy training for Indigenous job seekers

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Key Elements

The Australian Government will provide $3 million over the next three years to implement more innovative and tailored methods of delivering language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training in Northern Territory communities.

The training will help those with poor LLN skills to improve their skills to achieve sustainable employment and/or undertake further training.

This innovative training model seeks to raise training retention rates in Indigenous communities through improvements in Indigenous clients'  LLN skills.


This measure will provide an additional 162 LLNP training places for Indigenous Australians across nine Indigenous communities as part of Closing the gap in the Northern Territory. The training will be delivered as community-based projects targeted at priority Indigenous communities (as determined through scoping activities) with a view to utilising existing infrastructure, facilitating community engagement and generating successful training outcomes through improved client participation and retention rates.

The measure includes funding for upfront scoping activities to determine which communities are likely to experience greatest success from a LLN training project and to assist initial engagement with the community. It will also encourage relationship building with community stakeholders, employers and other training and services providers, to develop partnering arrangements, determine training logistics and develop innovative training and delivery strategies to meet the needs of each community.

The aim is to ensure the project is a cost effective and relevant option for the provision of LLN training to Indigenous clients in these communities.


Funding for the LLN community projects will commence from 1 July 2009.

Existing LLN providers will be invited to offer these tailored services. Where an existing provider lacks the capacity to deliver these services, the Department will consider extending the offer to other suitably qualified training organisations.

Proposals to deliver innovative LLN training will be reviewed by the Department and individual contracts developed.

Total Government Funding

$3 million over three years

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