Release type: Media Release


Record funding and better outcomes for NT students


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The Morrison Government has ensured better outcomes for Northern Territory school students by delivering a record $5.4 billion in school funding from 2018 to 2029 and reforms to the education system, paid for by our plan for a stronger economy.

The Federal Government and the Northern Territory Government today signed the National School Reform Agreement, enabling the Morrison Government to provide record funding to all schools in the territory.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the bilateral agreement set out the concrete actions the Northern Territory would take to improve student outcomes and support teachers.

"Our Government is delivering real, needs based funding which means a record investment in state schools, Catholic schools and Independent schools," Mr Tehan said.

"The Morrison Government will now work with our Territory counterparts to ensure our record funding will improve student results and deliver better education outcomes.

"Today’s agreement sets in stone the Territory’s commitment to focus on driving individual student achievement and equipping teachers with the right tools in the classroom, no matter what school they attend.

"The Morrison Government can afford to pay for these essential education services that all Australians rely on because our economy continues to enjoy strong economic growth, with more than 1.1 million jobs created.

"I continue to negotiate bilateral agreements with the other states and territories in good faith."

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

The agreement has been developed through COAG’s Education Council, and is informed by David Gonski’s Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

The agreement can be found at