Supplementary recurrent assistance policy

The Northern Territory (NT) has a diverse population. For many clients from remote communities English is not their primary language. In addition people in remote communities are often disadvantaged due to the lack of ‘underpinning knowledge’ of mainstream vocational education and training (VET).

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation recognises the need to provide some students enrolled in skill based vocational training with integrated support to develop underpinning knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills to achieve outcomes in VET.

Supplementary recurrent assistance (SRA) will be allocated to public vocational education providers based on their Aboriginal student numbers and by focusing provider effort on the eight priority areas for Aboriginal education by the previous Ministerial Council on Tertiary, Education and Employment (MCTEE):

  • improving Aboriginal literacy
  • improving Aboriginal numeracy
  • increasing the employment of Aboriginal Australians in education and training
  • improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students
  • increasing Aboriginal enrolments
  • increasing the involvement of Aboriginal parents / community members in educational decision making
  • increasing professional development for staff involved in Aboriginal education, and
  • expanding culturally inclusive curricula.

SRA aims to assist providers to accelerate educational outcomes for Aboriginal Australians beyond those which could reasonably be expected from mainstream and their own-source funding.

SRA is intended to supplement mainstream funding, not substitute or replace it.



SRA funding aims to improve Aboriginal literacy and numeracy and increase the enrolments, professional development and employment of Aboriginal Australians.

Who can apply?

SRA funding in the NT is only available to Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Contractual arrangements

Funding for SRA is provided through a memorandum of agreement with the department.

Mandatory requirements for SRA funding include:

  • the registered training organisation (RTO) must comply with the current national VET regulator standards for RTOs
  • compliance with the NT Employment and Training Act
  • ongoing compliance with the department policies and procedures as they relate to VET, and
  • compliance and cooperation in matters relating to audit.

Funding application process

The RTO must have a minimum Aboriginal enrolment of 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) students to be eligible for SRA.

Reporting requirements

Providers are required to provide an audited financial acquittal by 31 March each year.

Funding is based on performance data from the previous year and is capped at the maximum amount agreed in the training contract.

A final achievement report will be generated by the department based on the RTO’s final AVETMISS data. The department will forward the report to the RTO for approval / signing.

Payment process

Payments are made in two instalments. The first payment of 70% will be made on signing of the memorandum of agreement. Subsequent payment is conditional upon achievement and compliance with progress, performance and financial reporting requirements and payable following final submission.

Funding formula

Funding is calculated based on eligible FTE student numbers.

The student FTE is determined by dividing the total actual hours delivered by 540 (contact hours).

For example an RTO that delivers 10,800 hours to eligible students will have a FTE of 20 students.

10,800 hours / 540 contact hours = 20 FTE students.

The FTE is then paid at the rate of $1,212.97 per FTE.

Funding is paid up to the maximum level identified in the memorandum of agreement and is capped at the department budget allocation.

The responsibility for developing and maintaining this policy rests with the director of Training Services.

The responsibility for approving this policy rests with the executive director of Workforce NT.

This policy will be reviewed annually.

Signed on 30 August 2014 by:

Gareth James
Executive Director
Workforce NT

Last updated: 05 June 2019

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