A new rental allowance was provided for Katherine teachers from the start of this year, it has been revealed.
Education Minister Lauren Moss today said the new "Katherine scheme was introduced to support teachers in the Katherine region via a rental allowance" at the beginning of the school year.
This new rental allowance comes after another teacher rental subsidy scheme was controversially axed last year as a NT Budget saving measure.
The move created a lot of upset among Katherine education staff as the government sought to win back $500,000 in savings.
The scheme was first introduced after it was identified Katherine was the most difficult location in the NT to recruit teachers for.
The NT Government said it was working to correct "an anomaly" which provided for rental subsidies for about a third of the about 300 education staff in Katherine.
Katherine MLA Jo Hersey this week in Parliament called on the Government to reinstate the scheme.
Responding to the Katherine Times, Ms Moss said the new "allowance" which was introduced in Katherine this year "allows teachers to have greater flexibility in where and choice in the location and style of accommodation they choose".
The Minister also said "there is no evidence of any impact of the switch to rental allowance on recruitment of teaching staff for Katherine schools".
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