Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here.
More childcare resources
There are a number of childcare facilities in Darwin. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.
DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.
Darwin offers a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary education opportunities.
Visit the NT Government Education Directory to search for schools in Darwin.
The Australian Schools Directory is a helpful tool to search for all primary and secondary schools in the region.
NT School Terms
Click here to see the school terms observed in the NT during 2019.
- Click here to see helpful enrolment information for NT schools.
Defence School Mentors
The Defence School Mentor Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly when changing schools on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.
The in-school mentors in primary and secondary schools are funded by the Department of Defence through Defence Community Organisation (DCO). They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.
Primary schools with Defence School Mentors
Alawa Primary School, Alawa
Bakewell Primary School, Bakewell
Durack Primary School, Durack
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary, Wanguri
Larrakeyah Primary School, Larrakeyah
Leanyer Primary School, Leanyer
Ludmilla Primary School, Ludmilla
Marrara Christian College, Marrara
Palmerston Christian School, Palmerston
Rosebery Primary School, Rosebery
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Woodroffe
Sattler Christian College, Palmerston
Stuart Park Primary School, Stuart Park
Wanguri Primary School, Wanguri
High schools with Defence School Mentors
- Casuarina Senior College, Moil
- Darwin High School, The Gardens
- Darwin Middle School, The Gardens
- Marrara Christian College, Palmerston
- O'Loughlin Catholic College, Karama
- Palmerston Christian School, Palmerston
- Palmerston Senior College, Driver
- Rosebery Middle School, Rosebery
- Sattler Christian College, Palmerston