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Budget 2009 building Territory skills and improving education outcomes



Budget 2009 building Territory skills and improving education outcomes


Henderson, Paul

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Australian Labor Party


Media Releases for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Media Releases; ParliamentNT






Education; Schools; Budgets

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Northern Territory Government

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Issued as a Media Release

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Northern Territory Government

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$1.5 million to ensure that every child has access, by 2013, to an affordable, quality early childhood education program in the year before full-time schooling; and; $240,000 for Improving Teacher Quality reforms to improve attraction, development and retention of quality teachers and school leaders. CLOSING THE GAP Budget 2009 continues initiatives to close the gap of Indigenous disadvantage, including: $2.4 million for more teachers to increase education opportunities for children in remote communities; $2 million for five new mobile preschools servicing 25 remote communities; $1.7 million for the Stakeholders partnership program to improve student engagement and community involvement; $700,000 for a child protection unit to provide specialist support to schools including six school counsellors for remote communities; and $600,000 to improve access to information technology. EDUCATION PROGRAMS Budget 2009 is committed to improving educational outcomes for all Territory children: $5 million for support services to assist students with intellectual disabilities and students with high level behavioural and emotional difficulties; $2.6 million for the Families as First Teachers program; and $1.05 million to increase Back to School Payments from $50 to $75 for every school aged child commencing in 2009. TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT Under the $21.3 million Jobs Plan 3, Budget 2009 commits $5.13 million to support Territory jobs and develop a skilled labour market to meet industry needs. There are now more than 3640 apprentices and trainees in training. This represents a 50% increase from 2001. Of these, 1817 are training in trades where there are skills shortages. Budget 2009 delivers: $1.5 million for more places in vocational education and training in national priority industries and occupations; $1.3 million from the Commonwealth to build the Tennant Creek Trade Training Centre; $1 million to support 10,000 new apprentices; $500,000 additional for the Work Ready Program to bring the total to $900,000; $500,000 for Regional Jobs Hubs in Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek; and $500,000 to double investment in the Build Skills Program.

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