Attendance

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

There is no safe number of days for missing school. Every Day Counts.

The importance of full time attendance

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. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.

School participation leads to better outcomes

School participation helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives.

What happens when a student misses school?

Each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Limited school participation is associated with a greater chance of dropping out of school, disruptive and delinquent behaviour and may lead to a cycle of rebellion against authority. For more information, see:  Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes: Every Day Counts

How to help your child keep up

Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 – 17 years unless an exemption from attendance has been granted.

If your child must miss school for any reason, 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.

Exemptions and Home Schooling

Students are expected to attend the school in which they are enrolled, during normal school hours every day of each term, unless:

  • there is an approved exemption from school attendance for the student, or
  • the student is registered for home schooling and has only a partial enrolment in a school for particular activities.

Home schooling in Victoria is a legally recognised alternative to attending a registered school. Parents who wish to home school their child must satisfy the requirements of the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority. For more information, see: Home Schooling

For more information on why attendance is important and some tips on what you can do to ensure that your child attends school every day, see: Every Day Counts

Concern for a child not enrolled at school

If you know of a child who is of school age and appears not to be enrolled in school or registered for home school you can make a referral to a School Attendance Officer. \

In order to make enquiries, the School Attendance Officer will need to know:

  •  the full name and date of birth of the child; and
  • the name and address of a parent responsible for that child’s school enrolment.

Any person making a referral is encouraged to use the following referral form: Referal form for child not in school or home schooling (docx - 48.31kb)

A School Attendance Officer may accept a referral by another method, such as via phone, if it includes all the required information.