How to enrol at a government school

To find out how to enrol your child in a Northern Territory (NT) government school, answer the question below.

You can also find out about school fees for international students.


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Applicants must meet all of the Australian Government criteria.

This means they must:

  • stay enrolled as a full-time student
  • have enough funding to cover all expenses during studies
  • if under 18, they must either:
    • live with a parent, legal guardian or relative over the age of 21 or
    • live in homestay accommodation approved by the Department of Education
  • have acceptable health insurance to cover their time in Australia
  • agree to return home when they have completed their studies.

Breaking school rules

The school may suspend or exclude a student from school if they breach the school's policies.

Enrolment can be cancelled for the following reasons:

  • failure to pay course fees
  • failure to maintain approved welfare and accommodation arrangements
  • poor attendance
  • misbehaviour.

You can request to defer your child's enrolment or suspend their studies for special reasons such as:

  • compassionate leave
  • compelling circumstances.

These can include:

  • illness - you will need to provide a medical certificate that states the student is unable to attend classes
  • death of a close family member such as parents or grandparents
  • major political upset or a natural disaster in your country that requires your child to urgently return home
  • a traumatic experience that has affected the student - where possible, these cases should be supported by a police or psychologist report.

Last updated: 27 May 2019

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