Every Day Counts

Attending school every day is vital for students of all ages to fully achieve.

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are steps you can take to ensure they don’t fall behind:

  • Speak with your classroom teacher or year level coordinator and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.
  • Develop an absence learning plan with your school and ensure your child completes the plan.

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher or year level coordinator as early as possible.

From 1 March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason.

The following brochures have more information about why attendance is important and include some tips on what you can do to ensure your child attends school each day.

Examples of recommended approaches to absence for parents, see:

For support to get your child to go to school, see:


The following form supports parents to enrol their child in school or register for home schooling, see: Enrolling in school (docx - 194.55kb)

If you are concerned that a child you know may not be enrolled in school you may wish to refer this to a School Attendance Officer, see: Concerned a child is not enrolled in school or registered for home schooling? (docx - 43.14kb)