We offer Distance Education to students from Preschool to
Year 9

KSA has been in operation since 1966

Our borders run from Tiwi Islands in the north, south to the Barkly Tablelands district, east to the QLD border and west to the WA border 

We take a variety of enrolments, including geographically isolated travelling, dual enrolments, special circumstances and interstate students

Katherine School of the Air is a Distance Education School, one of the three NT Distance Education Schools under the Northern Territory Department of Education (DOE). The school caters for isolated Primary and Middle School students who reside in the top half of the Northern Territory of Australia and Northern Territory residents temporarily travelling or based elsewhere. The school also caters to urban students that require alternative pathways.

The term “School of the Air” refers to the delivery of lessons via HF Radio;

ie “airwaves”. Today KSA delivers lessons via satellite, internet and telecommunications technologies. Video conferencing software is fast becoming the main student interaction tool at KSA. Paper-based materials are still provided to students to complement their interactive learning.


About Us

Get to know our town

Katherine has a sub-tropical climate. There are two distinct seasons a wet and a dry. The wet season is from October to April and the dry season from May to September.

During the dry season the vegetation dries out and the weather is idyllic with dry sunny days of on average between 25° to 35° Celsius.

The school also accepts, where appropriate, students interstate in Western Australia and Queensland under the ‘Cross-Border Enrolment Agreement’. In addition to this, the school caters for NT residents traveling overseas and within Australia. Currently, the school works with families as far away as Mexico and as close as Indonesia. Families cover the full socio-economic range with KSA catering for cultural diversity. Katherine School of the Air is also a registered educational provider to overseas fee-paying students.

Katherine School of the Air is located in the town of Katherine in the “Top End” of the Northern Territory of Australia, approximately 300 kilometers southeast of the city of Darwin.

Geographically Katherine School of the Air covers a huge area (approx. 800 000 square km.). To gain some concept of the area the school covers, this is more than three times the size of the United Kingdom or New Zealand, more than twice the size of Japan or 40 times the size of Switzerland. It extends from the islands off the north coast to the 18 degrees South parallel. East to West, it extends to the borders of Queensland and Western Australia.

The school is surrounded by lush gardens and is situated on Giles Street (the road to Katherine Gorge) and is approximately three kilometres from the town’s centre.


Most of the school’s patrols, School Camp and In School are scheduled for the dry season when travel is easiest. Swim School is conducted at the onset of the wet seasons in conjunction with the end of year Christmas Concert.