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General Conditions

Leave entitlements (per annum)

Recreation Leave

6 weeks

Stand down (school holidays)

6 weeks

Personal leave (sick leave)

3 weeks

Emergency leave

3 days

Compassionate leave

3 days

Parental leave (primary caregiver)

Length of service

Paid leave

Maximum period of leave
(including paid and unpaid)

Less than 12 months


1 year

At least 1 year and less than 5 years

14 weeks full pay (or 28 weeks half pay)

3 years

At least 5 years

18 weeks full pay (or 36 weeks half pay)

3 years

Partner leave

Length of service

Paid leave

Maximum period of leave
(including paid and unpaid)

Less than 12 months


8 weeks

At least 1 year and less than 5 years

1 week

8 weeks

At least 5 years

2 weeks

8 weeks

Teacher Probation

Probation applies to anyone who is taking up a teaching position with the Department of Education for the first time or returning to a position after a break in service of three or more years. Teacher probation is a 12 month process to support teachers to undertake their role. For teachers with at least five years of classroom practice probation may be completed in six months. Probation applies to all ongoing (permanent) teacher appointments and fixed-term (contract) appointments of more than 20 weeks (one semester).

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP is in place to help with workplace or personal issues. As a Northern Territory (NT) teacher you and your immediate family can access up to three free confidential sessions with an independent EAP psychologist or counsellor.

Additional professional intervention services such as conflict management, mediation, critical incident response and trauma counselling are also available.


Classroom Teachers are paid according to their years of experience in the teaching profession. A graduate commences at the CT1 level and progresses one increment each year until they reach CT9. Find out how much teachers get paid.


Teaching Allowances (per annum)

Teacher in Special School/teachers of special class


Teacher in Charge (TIC) of a one teacher school with Primary classes


TIC in a preschool with one teacher


TIC in a preschool with two or more teachers


Principal of area school


Assistant teacher in charge of a homeland centre


Highly accomplished teachers


Lead teacher allowance



Relocation Allowance

If you need to relocate to take up a teaching position in an NT school, relocation assistance is available for appointments of six months or more.

If you are appointed for under six months, you may receive assistance with some expenses including airfares and luggage.

Remote benefits

Teachers who live and work in a remote location receive additional allowances:

  • a fortnightly Remote Incentive Allowance to contribute to the cost of freight to remote areas
  • an annual Retention Payment, paid in a lump sum to teachers who complete 12 months of continuous service in the remote location.

Remote benefits (per annum)

Remote Incentive Allowance

$1,212 - $9,239

Remote Retention Payment

$500 - $1,000

Special Remote Study Leave

2 – 5 points

Fares out of isolated localities

2 – 3 fares

Rental Concession


Business Days

Up to four days per year

Special Study Leave

When you teach in remote localities in the NT you accrue credit points towards special study leave. Once you have accrued 20 credit points you may apply to be considered for one semester of study leave on full-pay or two semesters on half-pay.

Remote category

Points accrued per annum

Special category

2 points

Category 1

2 points

Category 2

3 points

Category 3

5 points

Take a look at our schools to determine your school's remote category.

Fares out of isolated locations (FOIL)

Teachers and their dependents in remote areas of the NT can access free airfares to either Darwin or Alice Springs. Depending on the location, teachers will receive either two or three FOILs per year.

A kilometre allowance may be paid instead for teachers who drive their own vehicle instead of flying.

Rental Concession

Teachers in remote locations who live in accommodation supplied by the department receive a 100 per cent rental concession.

Business Days

Up to four business days are available for employees to take leave from work to access services not available in the remote community where they are living.

Four-wheel drive (4WD) training

Teachers working in, or regularly travelling to, remote locations and who need to drive a department supplied 4WD vehicle are provided with professional 4WD training.

Guaranteed transfer

Classroom teachers are eligible for a guaranteed transfer to Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine or Alice Springs after three years of employment in a remote location.

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