The following information and links have been designed to assist Member Schools to manage and prepare for the potential impact of COVID19.

It outlines the obligations of schools, provides advice and links to relevant government agencies.

Schools should be aware that government advice is being updated regularly and can change from day-to-day. While AISNT will try to keep this information current, this might not always be possible.

AISNT will continue to communicate directly with Member Schools through emails and regular updates. 

19th January 2021 - International and Domestic Air Travel

  • As of Wednesday the 20th of January, new Health and Hygiene regulations around air travel will be in place.
  • It is mandatory that face masks are worn at all major airports throughout the NT. This includes; Darwin, Alice Springs, Yulara, Gove and Groote Eylandt. It is the responsibility of the Individual to supply your own masks. Children under the age of 12 years and people with a specific medical condition are not required to wear a mask.
  •  International and Domestic Crew Members are now required to complete a Covid19 test upon arrival in the NT, if they have not completed one within the last 7 days.
  • International air crew members travelling from the NT to another state or territory; are required to do so on a freight or private charter. They will not be allowed to travel on domestic commercial flights unless they have completed a 14 day quarantine and returned a negative test result.

10th of February 2021

  • Melbourne Suburbs Declared as Hotspots as of the 8th of February 2021;
    - Maidstone
    - Sunshine
    - Taylors Lake
    This follows on from a cluster of three cases linked to a hotel quarantine facility in Melbourne.
  • Anyone arriving in the NT from a declared hotspot are required to undertake 14 of Mandatory, Supervised quarantine at either the Howard Springs or Alice Springs quarantine facility at the cost of $2500 per person. Those that are in the air while a hotspot is declared will have the option to either return home, or enter mandatory quarantine at no cost.
  • Those arriving in the NT from the 5th of February from the declared hotspot of Sunbury are strongly recommended to self-quarantine until a negative test result is returned.
  • The following Hotspots have been Revoked as of the 8th of February;
    - Brighton
    - Clayton South
    - Heatherton
    - Keysborough
    - Melbourne
    - Moorabbin Airport
    - Noble Park
    - Springvale
    - West Melbourne
    - Wheelers Hill
  • Those that were in quarantine from one of these revoked hotspots will now be able to leave mandatory quarantine.

12th January 2021 - Covid19 Update

  • The greater Metropolitan Sydney has been revoked as a hotspot, while a number of local government areas across Sydney's Western Suburbs have been declared as a hotspot.
  • (The following suburbs have been revoked as of the 1st of February)The New South Wales Local Government areas that remain as a declared hotspot include;
    - City of Blacktown
    - City of Canada Bay
    - City of Canterbury-Bankstown
    - City of Fairfield
    - City of Parramatta
    - Cumberland Council
    - Inner West Council
    - Municipality of Burwood
    - Municipality of Strathfield
  • People arriving in the NT from the Greater Metropolitan Sydney (excluding the areas that remain as hotspots) will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from revoked hotspots will be able to exit.
  • For more information about hotspots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit

11th January 2021 - Covid19 Update

  • It is important to note that Covid19 is still present within 2021, Covid19 Safety Plans and restrictions are still in place from 2020. It is vital that we continue to protect ourselves and others. Continue to:

- Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.
- Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
- Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
- Do not travel or go to work if you are sick.
- If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.
- For more information about hotspots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit

  • We have been lucky within the Northern Territory where we have had no community spread of Covid19; however situations can change quickly, the NT Government has stated that if an outbreak was to occur, the NT would go into an immediate lockdown to combat the spread.
  • The Greater Brisbane has been revoked as a hotspot. People who arrived on or after the 2nd of January 2021, no longer need to get tested for Covid19 (unless symptoms are present) and no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in quarantine will be able to leave. All people travelling to the NT will still need to complete an online boarder entry upon arrival.

25th November - Updates for COVID19

  • Interstate Hotspots - There are still some active Covid19 hotspots, it is important that staff and families are aware of these locations if they decide to travel interstate during the Christmas break. you will be required to notify the Covid19 hotline if areas are declared as a hotspot after you have travelled through. Please visit this Link for more information.
  • Territory Checkin App - Is an app that can be used for customers and visitors to sign into businesses and venues. This allows NT Health to manage contact tracing if required. You will also be able to check in family of friends who may not have their own personal device. This app will be released on 30th of November 2020.

Visit for further information around Covid19 Updates.

July 10th - Updates for COVID19 from the Northern Territory Department of Education

Overview of Changes for Term 3 School Guidelines - Provides an overview on the Key updates for commencing to Term 3 2020, in regards to Covid19. Overview Operating Guide Key Updates Term 3 2020

Physical Distancing in Schools - Provides information and suggestions on how to implement Safe physical distancing within the school and classroom environment. Physical Distancing In School Term 3

Guidelines for NT Early Childhood Education and Care Services - Provides information and guidelines to help support the operations of Early Childhood Education Services.  1 Guidelines For Northern Territory Early Childhood Education And Care Services

Fact Sheet: Early Childhood Education Care and Relief Package - 2 Australian Government Relief Package Fact Sheet Ecec

Fact Sheet: Enhancing Safety and Wellbeing - Information around safety procedures and precautions to reduce any risk of possible spread of COVID19. Enhancing Safety At Schools Factsheet Term 3

Fact Sheet: Family Day Care - information in regards to safety procedures within Family Day Care centres. 4 Family Day Care Enhancing Safety And Wellbeing During The Covid 19 Pandemic Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Talking with Children about COVID19 - Provides information and resources on how to safely talk to a young person about Covid19 in a safe and effective way. 5 Nt Ecec Talking With Children Fact Sheet Talking With Children

Fact Sheet: Safety and Wellbeing outside School Hours - Provides information around precautions and procedures for services working Outside of School Hours. 6 Oshc Enhancing Safety And Wellbeing During The Covid 19 Pandemic Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Cleaning and Disinfection Advice - Provides advice around cleaning and disinfection within schools and/or workplaces. Covd 19 Cleaning And Disinfection Advice 17 June 2020

Fact Sheet: Enhancing Safety at Schools - Provides information on how to maintain a safe schooling environment in regards to reducing a potential Covid19 outbreak. Enhancing Safety At Schools Factsheet Term 3

Guidelines for NT Supporting Boarding Students - Provides information on supporting Boarding Students and their access to education. Guidelines For Nt Schools To Support Boarding School Students

Information for Parents and Carers - Provides information around new regulations for NT schools for Term 3. Information For Parents And Carers Term 3

Update from AISNT - 14th April

The latest information from AISNT.

The latest information from Secure NT.

Compliance - Q and A's:

1. Do you need to comply?
Yes – under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011; Education Act (NT) 2015 and Education Regulations (NT) 2015.
2. What are the conditions of compliance?
Under the health and safety laws in the Northern Territory, employers have an obligation to provide and maintain a safe workplace, whether they are employees or not.
3. If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
Schools should:

Continue to monitor the advice from the Australian and Victorian governments;
Review the school’s emergency management plan;
Ensure that communications to parents, students and staff are clear and timely;
Prepare for the possibility of high absenteeism from large numbers of students and staff;
Review the school’s capacity to deliver online learning to students; and
Review the school’s business continuity plan.
4. What are the consequences if you don't comply?
You may be in breach of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.

You may also be in breach of the Education Act (NT) 2011 and the Education Regulations (NT) 2011. Non-compliance with the minimum standards for school registration could result in the Northern Territory Non-Government Schools Registrar:

imposing conditions on a school’s registration
prohibiting a school from enrolling any new students
requiring the school to report its non-compliance to parents; or
suspending, cancelling or imposing conditions on a school’s registration.

Your reputation could be affected.

Links and Downloads for Schooling:

Northern Territory Department of Education  - Learning Together

Australian Government, eSafety Commissioner: COVID-19: Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Going Digital: Making digital ways of working, work!