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 for Years 1-10, time series
Student attendance dataset
Notes and caveats
The national Key Performance Measures (KPMs) for attendance specified in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 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 1-10 in Semester 1 as a percentage of the total number of possible student-days attended in Semester 1.
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 prior to 2018. As a result, the level of attendance (KPM 1(c)) reported for NSW is for non-government school students only for 2015-17. The omission of NSW government school data also affects the national KPM 1(c) for all schools and for the government sector for 2015-17.
Student attendance in 2020 was seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the different arrangements for schooling across the country that were put in place in response to health advice, attendance data was not consistent across states and territories. As a result, student attendance data is not published for 2020.
Student attendance dataset
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Notes and caveats
- Attendance rate is defined as the number of actual full-time equivalent student-days attended by full-time students in Years 1-10 as a percentage of the total number of possible student-days attended over the period.
- Attendance level is defined as 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.
- 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 for earlier years should be made with caution.
- Data on student attendance levels could not be collected for NSW government schools prior to 2018. As a result, the level of attendance (KPM 1(c)) reported for NSW for 2015-2017 is for non-government school students only. The omission of NSW government school data also affects the national KPM for 2015-2017 for all schools and for the government sector.
- In 2015 Year 7 in Qld and WA was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year.
- ACT government school data for 2018 and 2019 have been derived from a school administration system in the process of implementation. Care should be taken when comparing these data with data from previous years and from other jurisdictions.
- 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.
- National data on the student attendance level is available from the 2015 reporting year.
- 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.
- Students reported as ungraded primary or ungraded secondary are included in totals of Years 1-10. Ungraded primary students are included in Years 1-6, while ungraded secondary students are included in Years 7-10
- 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.
- For further information see National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting
Source: ACARA National Student Attendance Data Collection
This information relates to Part 3 of the National Report on Schooling in Australia.
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