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Northern Territory Budget 2008-09

May 2008

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7 keys priorities dominate the Northern Territory’s 2008-09 Budget, being:

The Budget also provides tax savings for Territorians including:

Health and Families

A record $915 million has been allocated to deliver better health services including:

The Families and Communities budget includes:


$719 million for the Department of Employment, Education and Training including;

  1. $24.5 million for preschool education;
  2. $284 million for primary education;
  3. $99.4 million for middle years education;
  4. $91.5 million for senior years education;
  5. $103.6 million to produced assistance to non-government schools;
  6. $1.9 million for the Back to School payment, to assist Territory parents and students with schooling costs;
  7. $17.7 million for Closing the Gap education initiatives to improve Indigenous education outcomes.  Funding includes extra teachers, upgrades to remote schools, new mobile pre-schools, and attendance team and a campaign on the value of schooling;
  8. $88.9 million to develop a highly skilled workforce that meets industry needs,


Capital investment for infrastructure projects is a record $870 million including:


Community Safety

$247 million for Police, Fire and Emergency Services including:

In an attempt to implement measures to break the offending cycle and improve offenders’ reintegration into the community, the Government will invest:

Closing the Gap

The Government has committed $286 million over 5 years to the Territory’s 20 year plan to advance Indigenous Territorians’ life outcomes.  The 2008-09 Budget will deliver $57.6 million as part of the program including:


Sport and Recreation

$25.8 milllion for sport and recreation, including:


$35.7 million for tourism including:


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