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School Nutrition Program



The School nutrition program is a breakfast and/or lunch service for school-aged children from remote communities of the Northern Territory which aims to support better school attendance and to help with learning and engagement in education. The program also provides job opportunities and training for local community members.

The program is a sub-measure of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) announced by the Australian Government in June 2007 in response to the Little Children are Sacred report.

The program is administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on behalf of the Australian Government. The Department works with each community to establish and fund School nutrition program providers so they can employ local workers to prepare and deliver the meals, to ensure adequate kitchen facilities and equipment are available, and to support any related professional development activity.


School Nutrition Program Office
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
16-18 Mort St
Canberra ACT 2600
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1300 363 079
Text Telephone for the hearing impaired (TTY): FreeCALL TM 1800 554 609
Switchboard: 13 33 97

Evaluated publications

School Nutrition Program Office (2009)

Findings of the School Nutrition Program Stakeholder Survey - March to June 2009.

Darwin: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) Australia (2009)

Performance audit of the School Nutrition Program.

Canberra: Department of Finance and Deregulation


Last updated: 25 November 2010
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