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Full-time students

A full-time student is a person who satisfies the student definition and undertakes a workload equivalent to, or greater than, that usually undertaken by a student of that year. This definition relates to workload and not to enrolment.

A full-time student can be included if the student:

A full-time student is also taken to have attended the school during the RP if:

Enrolment and attendance records, and all associated documentation used in determining eligibility for students to be counted on the Census form, must be retained by the school/governing body for a period of five years from Census Day, and in a way that ensures the integrity and security of the data and documents.

Secondary students undertaking TAFE/tertiary studies or school–based apprenticeship or traineeship

In addition to school subjects which are accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) as contributing to a Year 12 (or equivalent) certificate, students undertaking any of the following should be included as full-time students:

Students to be excluded


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Further information is available in Appendix 2.

Last updated 30 January, 2019

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