Release type: Joint Media Release


Extra infrastructure funding for Northern Territory public schools


The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education
Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm
Assistant Minister for Education
Assistant Minister for Regional Development
The Hon Mark Monaghan
Northern Territory Minister for Education

The latest round of the Albanese Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund will deliver around $8 million in vital infrastructure projects for Northern Territory public schools.

Under Round 2 of the Schools Upgrade Fund, 12 public schools across the Territory will each benefit from funding of at least $250,000 to build or upgrade infrastructure.

The successful projects include new classrooms, new playground equipment and upgrading sporting facilities.

Public schools with the greatest need have been prioritised, including schools with high numbers of students from a low-socio economic background, First Nations Students, and students with disability.
Round 2 was open to all public schools and applications closed in February. 

Schools submitted their projects to their relevant state and territory education departments which made recommendations to the Australian Government.

More information on the Schools Upgrade Fund is available at 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

“I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on.

“From upgrading classrooms to new outdoor equipment, this funding will deliver upgrades to public schools that need it the most. 

“This is another important step in building a better and fairer education system.” 

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Education Senator Anthony Chisholm:

“Our schools deserve great infrastructure and the latest equipment to help students achieve their best – no matter where they live, or what their background may be.

“To continue to be a smart and innovative nation, we need to ensure that all Australians have the same opportunities and access to a supportive learning environment.

“This is a great outcome for Northern Territory schools and I’m thrilled that we can deliver this funding to complete important school infrastructure projects, especially in the state’s regional and rural areas.”

Quotes attributable to the NT Minister for Education Mark Monaghan:

“Every child, no matter where they live, deserves a quality education with quality resources so they can succeed in life – whatever that success looks like for each child.

“Today’s announcement builds on the strong partnership between the Australian and Territory Government who together fully funded Territory schools through a landmark agreement.”

List of successful Northern Territory schools

School Name


Burunga School


Wugularr School


Elliott School


Nganambala School

Emu Point Community 

Gunbalanya School


MacFarlane Primary School 

Katherine East  

Mulga Bore School

Mulga Bore 

Nganmarriyanga School

Palumpa Station 

Tennant Creek Primary School

Tennant Creek 

Amanbidji School 

Timber Creek  

Willowra School


Yarralin School