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Relevant period

The relevant period means the period starting on the first day that students are to attend school in a calendar year and ending on the relevant day for the year.

For the purposes of the 2022 Census, the relevant period starts on 31 January 2022 for all schools.

The relevant day is the last Friday in February of each year as per the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2017, Part 4.

Student free days

A student free day is part of the relevant period. The day should be counted as absence beyond the control (refer to Full-time students and Part-time students for more information regarding attendance requirements).

School holidays, public holidays and weekends

School holidays, public holidays, and weekends are not part of the relevant period.

For 2022 there are no school holidays or public holidays during the relevant period.

Staggered starts

If the school has staggered starts for different years of schooling from 7 February 2022, the days that some students were not required to attend due to staggered starting dates, should be counted as absence beyond the control (‘Student free day’). The initial five days from 31 January 2022 to 4 February 2022 can be counted as attendance for all students.

Staff professional development days

If there are staff professional development days at the start of the school year where students do not attend the school, enter the first day that students were to attend the school as 31 January 2022 for all schools. Although staff may attend earlier, for example on Thursday, 20 January 2022 and Friday, 21 January 2022, 31 January 2022 is considered to be the start date for all schools.

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Last updated 25 January, 2022

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