Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264)
Setting the scene -- Philanthropic behaviour -- Prior to 1911: European discovery and South Australian administration of the Northern Territory -- Early Commonwealth control, 1911-46 -- The post-World War Two period to 1978 -- TAFE in the era of self-government, 1978-92 -- Vocational education and training in the era of self-government, 1992-2014 -- Late 2015 and September 2016 postscript.
This book represents the first consolidated history of vocational education and training in the Northern Territory. Not only does the story present a chronological account of events, people and institutions, it also offers an explanation of how the system actually works and this has application well beyond the Territory. The mix of historical accounting and operational analysis comes from a unique perspective. It is proposed that the best way to understand the behaviour of the government ministers who have responsibility for vocational training is to compare their decisions and actions with those of wealthy philanthropists.