Why study at an NT government school

If you are a parent of an international student, you can apply for them to study in the Northern Territory (NT).

You can enrol your child at a primary, middle or senior secondary government school.

When your child becomes a student at an NT government school, they will:

  • improve their English language skills
  • have access to a range of study options
  • get care and support while they study
  • have access to pathways to post-school education.

Read below to find out about student visas and studying in the NT.

To find out about living in the NT, go to the Study NT website.

If your child will study in the NT for more than 3 months, they will need a subclass 500 student visa.

To apply for a student visa, go to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

You can choose from a range of primary, middle and secondary schools in the NT.

Search the list of urban and remote schools.

All NT government schools have Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration.

This means they can accept enrolments from international students.

Find out how to enrol at a government school.

If your child needs English language classes, they can attend an NT government school that has an intensive English unit.

Find out more about schools that have an intensive English unit.

In the NT, compulsory school age is 6 years. The year level that your child is enrolled in depends on their date of birth.

Check the table below to find out what the minimum age your child must be to enrol in a specific year level.

Find out more about stages of schooling for international students.

Year levelMinimum age by 30 June of enrolment year
Pre-school 4
Transition 5
Year 1 6
Year 2 7
Year 3 8
Year 4 9
Year 5 10
Year 6 11
Year 7 12
Year 8 13
Year 9 14
Year 10 15
Year 11 16
Year 12 17

Your child may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to study at an NT government school.

To find out more, go to the Study NT website.

Last updated: 12 July 2022

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