Student attendance

Student attendance by school sector and state/territory for Years 1-10
Student attendance by state/territory and Year level for Years 1-10
Student attendance by Indigenous status and state/ territory for Years 1-10
Student attendance dataset
Notes and caveats

The national Key Performance Measures (KPMs) for attendance specified in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2015 relate to students in the compulsory years of schooling.

Key Performance Measure 1(b) Attendance rate. The number of actual full-time equivalent student-days attended by full-time students in Years 1 to 10 as a percentage of the total number of possible student-days attended over the period.

Key Performance Measure 1(c) Attendance level. The proportion of full time students in Years 1–10 whose attendance rate in Semester 1 is equal to or greater than 90 per cent. (From 2015)

Note: Data on student attendance levels could not be collected for NSW government schools. As a result, the level of attendance (KPM 1 (c)) reported for NSW is for non-government school students only. The omission of NSW government school data also affects the national KPM for all schools and for the government sector.





Student attendance dataset

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Notes and caveats

    • National data on the student attendance rate is available from the 2014 reporting year. For data on attendance rates before 2014 by state and territory by school sector see previous editions of the National Report on Schooling in Australia.
    • For the 2014 and 2015 reporting years, geolocation is reported as agreed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) in 2004. From the 2016 reporting year, geolocation is reported as the Australian Bureau of Statistics Remoteness Area.
    • National data on the student attendance level is available from the 2015 reporting year.
    • For further information see National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting
    • For 2014-2017, NSW government school data has not been collected on a comparable basis with other states and territories. Therefore, comparisons with other jurisdictions should be made with caution. NSW government schools are working towards implementing the standards.
    • Data on student attendance levels could not be collected for NSW government schools. As a result, the level of attendance (KPM 1 (c)) reported for NSW is for non-government school students only. The omission of NSW government school data also affects the national KPM for all schools and for the government sector.
    • Table cells in the disaggregation of student attendance data that contain five or fewer students OR only a single school have been suppressed to ensure the privacy of individual students.
    • Care should be taken in comparing attendance rates and levels across school years and jurisdictions given the very different number of students on whom these data is calculated.
    • In 2015 Year 7 in Qld and WA was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year. 


    Source: ACARA National Student Attendance Data Collection

    This information relates to Part 3 of the National Report on Schooling in Australia 2015.


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