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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.

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.

Staggered starts

If the school has staggered starts for different years of schooling, provide the first day that a student was to attend the school for the calendar year. For example if the school starts with Year 7 and Year 12 on 27 January 2021 and then rolls out the other years of schooling throughout the remainder of the week, enter 27 January 2021 as the start date. 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').

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 a student was to attend the school for the calendar year. For example, if staff are to attend on Thursday, 21 January 2021 to Monday, 25 January 2021 and students start on Wednesday 27 January 2021, enter 27 January 2021 as the start date.

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Last updated 28 January, 2021

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