Every Day Counts

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

Parent responsibilities

As a parents or carer you are legally required to ensure your child attends school.

For tips on what you can do to ensure your child attends school each day, see:

Primary School

Secondary School

Extra support to get your child to go to school

What to do if your child is absent

If your child is absent you must provide an explanation or inform the school in advance of upcoming absences.

To determine if this is meets your legal obligations, the principal must:

  • record your reason in writing and determine if the absence can be excused in line with school policy and guidelines
  • follow up to ensure your child’s education and wellbeing is supported
  • record if you have a reasonable excuse for not meeting your obligation to ensure their child attends school each day.

Examples of recommended approaches to absence for parents, see:

Legal requirements

For more information about legal requirements and attendance at school, see: