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Part-time students


What is a part-time student?

A part-time student is a person who satisfies the student definition but who undertakes a workload less than that usually undertaken by a full-time student (as determined by the school) for that year. A part-time student has an FTE of less than 1.0.

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

A part-time student is also taken to have attended the school 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 part-time student must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or person with appropriate resident status.

In each case where a student has attended the school for less than the MPP and been included in the Census form, there must be documented evidence confirming the reasons preventing the student from attending the school during this period. All students who have not met minimum attendance requirements and are included in the Census are to be listed in the Part-time students who did not attend the school during the relevant period for at least the Minimum Period Part-time (MPP) of the program or course of study for which the student is enrolled section of the Census form.

Students to be excluded

Further information is available in Appendix 2.

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Last updated 13 January, 2023

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