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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 has a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of 1.0.

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.

A full-time student must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or person with appropriate resident status.

Students accessing one or more subjects at a state School of Distance Education

New in 2020

Students who are enrolled full-time in a non-State school can undertake one or more subjects at a state School of Distance Education if:

The non-State school generally pays the fee for the provision of distance education to the School of Distance Education and provides computer, internet and telephone access at school for the school based studies.

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, 2020

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