In line with the Principal Wellbeing Framework, ‘principal’ is inclusive of teaching principal Level 1 to executive contract principal Level 5, and assistant principal. It includes principals in urban, rural, remote and very remote schools.

Principal Wellbeing Framework

The Northern Territory Department of Education is committed to principal wellbeing and values supporting principals to flourish in their roles.

Enablers of Wellbeing

Providing a range of wellbeing resources and committing to growing and sharing these with principals and the collective offers multiple and real opportunities to enhance principal wellbeing and grow collective wellbeing capability.

Building a wellbeing culture supports the occupational wellbeing of principals. The desire to contribute and make a positive impact on the organisations in which we work, and on the society in which we live, leads to occupational wellbeing.

Supporting mental health and wellbeing refers to the appropriate supports required to create and maintain mental health and holistic wellbeing. The department supports principals by providing information and services aimed at enhancing all dimensions of wellbeing.


Individual principals play a key role in their own wellbeing. All principals are encouraged to engage in the maintenance of their wellbeing, access suitable resources and have a planned approach to wellbeing.



The collective refers to those who make up the social capital that principals have access to, and are themselves an active part and includes: principals; teachers; support staff; department officers; managers; students; parents; and, community members. The collective invest in and support principals to flourish.


The department supports principal wellbeing by adopting and promoting strategic directions and systemic approaches based on evidence, data and principal feedback. The department resources quality programs aligned to needs assessment, data analysis and consultation.



The Five Dimensions of Wellbeing

Emotional wellbeing relates to self-awareness and emotional regulation. It includes how well we cope, and is often reflected by the level of a person’s resilience. Emotional wellbeing is in part informed by our capacity for self-reflection.


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Social wellbeing includes the extent to which we experience positive relationships and connectedness to others. This includes relationships both in and beyond the workplace. It encompasses the quality and availability of an individual’s social capital and is important for pro-social behaviour, trust, and empathy towards others.


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Spiritual wellbeing relates to our sense of life-meaning and purpose. It can include our connection to culture, community, spirituality and/or religiosity and includes the beliefs, values, mental models and ethics we hold.


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Physical wellbeing is one of the most important dimensions of wellbeing. Without physical wellbeing we struggle to perform our daily tasks and activities.


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Mental wellbeing is associated with achievement and success. It includes how information is processed and how judgements are made. It is also informed by motivation and persistence to achieve. Mental wellbeing is important for attaining knowledge and experiencing positive growth.

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