Northern Territory Government

Northern Territory Budget 2017-18

Investing in Children

Budget 2017 invests in children for the long term. Giving every child the best start in life is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. We know investing in the first 1000 days of a child’s life can change their future for the better.

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Investing in Children

  • $426 million for global budgets in government schools, including an additional $20 million for school resourcing. A further $63 million is provided to meet centralised school costs
  • $56.4 million for the first year of the Government's four-year Building Better Schools program
  • $46.3 million to support the Government’s Indigenous Education Strategy
  • $34.1 million for repairs and maintenance across Territory schools
  • $18 million for the redevelopment of the Bullocky Point Education Precinct, with the expansion of a new central library and fabrication laboratory at Darwin High School
  • $11.1 million to continue and expand the Families as First Teachers program
  • $8 million for early intervention to tackle challenging behaviours and to support students with additional needs and mental health issues
  • $7.1 million to continue the Back to School payment scheme, which provides $150 per student to assist parents and families with back-to-school expenses
  • $6.5 million for a new integrated preschool at the Tennant Creek Primary School
  • $6 million for stage 1 of the master plan for Ludmilla Primary School including a new early learning centre and an integrated area to support a play group
  • $6 million to continue the early childhood services subsidy for long day care, three‑year‑old kindergarten and family day care services
  • $1 million in to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership Program to an additional five locations to support vulnerable children and families

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