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Children living in the ACT between the ages of 6 and 17 years old are to be enrolled with an education provider or registered for home education until they complete year 10. Once a child has completed year 10, they must participate in an education option until they turn 17 or complete year 12, whichever happens first. Where a child is attending a school, the child must attend school on every day the school is open for attendance and all activities that the school requires the child to attend, unless there is a reasonable excuse. Where a child is attending an education course provided by other than a school, the child must comply with the education provider’s requirements about full time attendance under the course requirements or for at least 25 hours per week.

The attendance requirements do not apply to children approved for distance education. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure the enrolment and attendance requirements are met.

An Exemption Certificate may be issued where a child is unable to meet the education participation requirements due to exceptional circumstances.

More information is available from our Education Participation (Enrolment and Attendance Policy and related implementation documents) here