Northern Territory

Placement in the Northern Territory is an opportunity to live in an exciting and diverse region of Australia. Although the Territory is vast, the Associate and Alumni community is close, with thriving communities in and around Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. This year, 19 Associates were placed in the Northern Territory, bringing our total number of placements in the region so far to 87.

I’ve absolutely loved living here. Darwin is a place for adventurers, and I’m certainly one of those. The access to beautiful nature is unparalleled. The city itself is spectacular, a great spot to hang out is never far.
– Steven Goldberg (Cohort 2016) was placed at MacKillop Catholic College in Darwin

Placement in the Northern Territory is an opportunity to live in an exciting and diverse region of Australia. Although the Territory is vast, the Associate and Alumni community is close.

There are opportunities for all sorts of adventures no matter where you are placed. It’s home to iconic desert landscapes and national parks, including Uluru and Watarrka National Park. Teachers can have a great impact in the Northern Territory, where the geographical challenge of being distant from main centers brings limited access to resources such as relief teachers, computer technicians, and shops.

One of the privileges of living and working in the Territory is the opportunity to work with and learn from Aboriginal people. 30% of the Territory population is Aboriginal, and 80% live in regional or remote areas , many speaking up to five or more languages. We have alumni now teaching in remote communities and some of our teachers in urban areas are learning to speak an Aboriginal language. Educational inequity is a very real issue in the Territory and it will only be through building strong partnerships with Aboriginal people that we can work towards a future in which every child in Australia is able to attain a culturally responsive education.

The dry season is a magic time of year with hot sunny days and cool nights. There are lots of opportunities to visit remote Aboriginal communities, attend sporting and cultural festivals and learn from the oldest living culture in the world.

Darwin itself is also very multicultural with strong connections to Indonesia and other parts of Asia. The Territory with its history reaching further than 60,000 years, is a fascinating and interesting place to work and live.

Metropolitan Darwin

Located at the Top End of Australia, Darwin is the largest city in the Northern Territory.

The city has plenty of wonderful markets, delicious food and great bars and nightlife. If you’re moving from elsewhere to Darwin, you might find the heat and humidity take some getting used to, but the nature is spectacular.

Camping and hiking are must-do weekend activities. Kakadu National Park, the stunning and enormous nature reserve, is just a few hours’ drive. Whether you’re in for some birdwatching or croc spotting, whether you prefer to swim beneath a waterfall or roam past millenia-old rock art, Kakadu offers something for all kinds of explorers.

Life in Darwin is great. It’s ten minutes to everywhere so no life lost in traffic! I spend my weekends seeing friends, dinners, picnics by the beach, camping, swimming. It’s a very outdoor life style. It helps if you love nature and getting out of town!
– Amy Sharp, Territory Manager for the Northern Territory


Regional Northern Territory

We currently place in Katherine and Alice Springs in regional Northern Territory.

Katherine is a close-knit town, located 300 kilometers southeast of Darwin on the Katherine River. It has a small town feel, with friendly residents who are always happy to chat and help out the community. The city has many travel opportunities on its doorstep, as camping and outdoor adventures fill the weekends for Associates. The top attractions in Katherine include Nitmiluk National Parj, Cutta Cutta Caves National Park and the Katherine Hot Springs, among countless other parks and tourist attractions.

Located right in the centre of Australia, Alice Springs is an outback town full of opportunities for impact as well as adventure. With plenty of hiking trails, bike tracks and waterholes, Associates love spending time out in the stunning scenery. Alice Springs is also a base to exploring the natural wonders of Central Australia, like Uluru, Kings Canyon and the Simpson Desert. Alice Springs also hosts many cultural festivals and events throughout the year, and is home to extraordinary museums and Indigenous art galleries.

Remote Northern Territory

Tennant Creek is an eleven hour drive south from Darwin on the Stuart Highway. It’s the fifth largest town in the Northern Territory, with a population of approximately 3,000 people. Located in the Barkly Region, the town was officially established in 1934 during Australia’s last significant gold rush. It’s now home to three thousand people, about half of whom are Aboriginal. English is not always the first, or even sometimes second or third, language that a person speaks here.

Associates love the community (especially the students), the dam and the amazing sunsets and sunrises at Tennant Creek. It can also be a great place to get to know yourself, and to develop some new hobbies.

This year, 19 Associates were placed in remote Northern Territory.

My favourite thing about living in Tennant Creek is having time. Everyone’s so busy nowadays; it’s amazing living in a place where I can be free to live the life I want and not have a thousand obligations. Also, I have literally a one minute commute.
– Dennis Venning (Cohort 2017) is placed at Tennant Creek High School