29 Aug 2017
Minister for Education
An additional $1 million to support business managers in Territory schools is
rolling out, highlighting a Territory Labor Government election commitment
aimed at providing more support to schools and principals.
The announcement by Minister for Education Eva Lawler coincides with the annual School Business Managers Conference which opened today in Darwin, attended by over 120 business and administration managers from schools across the Territory.
Business managers are responsible for leading school administration and financial management.
Minister Lawler said the additional $1 million in funding is allocated per year for four years and will assist in reducing the administrative burden on schools.
“The Territory Labor Government believes that investing in education isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future,” Ms Lawler said.
“We want the Northern Territory to be the most improved education system in the country – to do that we need to invest in our kids, our schools and our staff.
“As a Government we have listened to feedback from the education community and recognised that by investing in our business managers it gives educators a greater opportunity to focus on what is most important — our students.”
This year, as part of the funding, $1500 grants have been provided to every government school enabling business managers to immediately engage in professional development related to their work.
In addition to the grants, an enhanced program of ongoing training has been offered for school administrative staff. Three centrally employed business managers will also be appointed to provide an additional point of contact and mentoring services.
“It is important that we continue to provide support for school business managers to build their capacity in managing school resources, as we know this will reduce the time and burden of these tasks on principals,” Ms Lawler said.
“Business managers are vital for the smooth day-to-day I running of schools so it’s important that we have support in place, allowing them to flourish in their roles.”
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