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We have been busy!
  • Met with the team at Northern Territory Isolated Childrens’ Parent’s Association (NT ICPA) (12 June)
  • Met with Chief Executive Officer, Tony Burns from Helping People Achieve (HPA) (18 June)
  • Met with School Council Representative to discuss ideas about how to have more of an impact in the NT with STEM (18 June)
  • Raised the following agenda items at the monthly meeting with Department of Education,Chief Executive, Vicki Baylis (18 June)
    • Installation of Solar PV by schools
    • Digital payments and forms in education
  • Met with National Education Initiative (NEI) beyondblue Implementation and Engagement advisory group for Northern Territory (19 June)
  • Attended Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) Disability  Summit 2018 (21-22 June)
  • Discuessd the following at the monthly meeting with Minister for Education, Eva Lawler (25 June)
    • NAPLAN Parent Survey
    • NAPLAN Online
    • Education Council meeting (22 June)

Welcome new Minister for Education

On behalf of the Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations (NTCOGSO) congratulations on your appointment to Cabinet and to the portfolio of Education.

We look forward to working with you to improve outcomes and pathways for our children across the length and breadth of the Northern Territory.

Thank You Hon. Eva Lawler

On behalf of NT COGSO we would like to wish you all the best on your newly assigned portfolios as Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics & Minister for Environment and Natural Resources.

From all of us at NT COGSO we thank you Eva!

Thank you for your commitment, your integrity and for true collaboration.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you.


NAPLAN - Good, Bad, Indifferent?
NT COGSO's survey is for families & carers to share their thoughts and perceptions of NAPLAN and their experiences with NAPLAN testing.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey does not ask any questions that would identify you or your children personally, or your children’s schools. Your answers are confidential and only summary results will be reported.
Complete Survey Here

Q. Can an Invited Member vote at a School Representative Body Meeting?
A. Yes! When an invited Member is elected to a School Representative Body they are an official member of the Board/Council and have full voting rights.

DoE School Representative Body Guidelines 

Motions arising at a meeting of a School Representative must be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting. 
Every member has one vote, including the Chairperson.
2018 Pay Rates

The Fair Work Commission has just published the new annual rates of pay applying to the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010.

The new pay rates apply from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2018. 

As most schools pay on a Thursday and in line with DoE pay periods the next pay period will be from 28 June to 12 July. The increase should only be applied from 13th July onwards as the previous pay period (28 June to 12 July) included work completed in June.

We will be updating the Wage Rate Sheets on the Chamber’s website as soon as possible to reflect the new rates.

Only one expense related allowance has changed. The Meal Allowance which was $15.14 will change to $15.45 from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2018.

For further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact the Workplace Relations Division on (08) 8982 8100 or e-mail for assistance.

Pay Rates can be found here
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Cyber Safety

The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it's also extremely dangerous if you aren't aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, but internet safety tips and tricks are spread out all over the web without a go-to resource. Since the majority of internet scam and virus victims are students and young people, Open Colleges is a perfect place to post the very first full guide to being safe on the internet.
An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet
inDigiMOB is about improving digital inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Northern Territory communities. It does this by forming partnerships with communities and local organisations and making available a suite of resources that communities can take advantage of according to their needs.

inDigiMOB seeks to support communities and partner organisations to bridge the digital divide and achieve their digital inclusion goals by adapting a number of resources and support possibilities according to needs, as identified by communities.
Download the app here
NT Education and Care Awards to honour early childhood teachers and carers
Read more & nominate here

PareNT Newsletter - Issue 2, 2018
***Please note that this issue went into publication 28-MAY-2018***

Read our latest PareNT Newsletter
Each one of us can make a difference.
Together we can make change.
Our children only get one chance at an education. 

Help them reach their potential with Fair Funding Now!

2018 should have been a year of celebration for our schools. The start of the biggest investment in schools in decades. Needs-based funding started in 2014 after the independent “Gonski review” warned too many children were missing out due to lack of resources. These reforms were delivering:
  • Smaller class sizes.
  • More specialist teachers in areas such as literacy and numeracy.
  • More help for students with disabilities or behavioural problems.
  • And those in danger of dropping out.

Schools are missing out on billions that should have been delivered this year and next year.

What we want is needs-based funding that ensures all schools can meet the agreed school resource standard. But the Turnbull Government legislated to cap Commonwealth funding to public schools at 20% of what they need to reach the minimum schooling resource standard.

The Commonwealth will fund private schools to 80% of schooling resource standard. Some of the biggest increases in funding go to the schools that need it least.  That isn’t fair and it certainly isn’t needs-based funding. 


Every child has a right to a quality education and the opportunity to learn and fair funding for public schools is the best way to help them get it.  We are calling on all political parties to support the following:
  • Reverse the $1.9 billion cut to public schools in 2018 and 2019.
  • Agreements should be struck between the Commonwealth and the states and territories to ensure every public school is funded to 100% of the schooling resource standard (SRS) by 2023.
  • Remove the 20% cap on the Commonwealth share of the SRS from the Australian Education Amendment Act.
  • Establish a capital fund for public schools ($300m in 2018 and increase each year in line with enrolment growth and rising costs) to ensure all students are educated in classrooms and learning spaces where their needs can be met.
  • Reverse the cuts to disability funding in five states and territories.
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