Independent public schools

Independent public schools are part of the public education system and follow the Australian curriculum.

But the principal, teachers and the school community have a greater say in the way the school is run.

The school community also has greater flexibility to introduce additional educational programs and activities to improve student outcomes.

Becoming an independent public school

Schools apply and are selected to become independent public schools.

The selection is based on the school's vision and innovation, community support, and capacity of school staff and the school representative body to have more autonomy in the running of the school.

For more information about independent public schools in the Northern Territory, go to the Department of Education website.

Independent public school boards

Independent public schools operate with a board.

The board has the same legal powers and functions as a school council, but with greater autonomy to carry out those functions.

Read more about independent public school representative bodies.


Last updated: 24 May 2022

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