Arial view of remote communityThe Northern Territory is a vast expanse of over 1.3 million square kilometres, so not everyone lives near a school. The distance education scheme reaches students who live in the outback. This program is coordinated through the NT Open Education Centre, the Katherine School of the Air and the Alice Springs School of the Air.

An interactive distance learning studio in Katherine provides a pool of specialist teachers to support face-to-face teaching in remote schools, while a distance education expert oversees curriculum development for all regions.

A new, expanded distance education curriculum allows senior students in remote areas to access Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) opportunities.