Department of Education



Regional Attendance Initiative

Improving Student Attendance: A Regional Initiative

Managing attendance improvement requires a consistent and sustained effort from all stakeholders. By improving student attendance, the outcomes will include increased academic performance, an established work ethic and improved socialisation skills.

The Regional Attendance Initiative (RAI) was created by the North Metropolitan Education Office to collate examples of best practice used in schools in both the primary and secondary sectors. A toolkit of hands-on resources, ideas and strategies are available on this site to be used, adapted and modified to suit the context of your school.

The structure of the site is as follows:

School-Wide Approach

This includes information for school procedures, planning, roles, data analysis. It also has forms for outside agency involvement, including the BAT team.

Strategy and Resource Toolkit

This section has two main subsections: Templates and Exemplars, including case management, letter templates, responsible parenting agreements and, “Outside-the-Box” Strategies. All exemplars can be altered to suit the particular context of a school.

Panel and Prosecution

This section contains information that is needed to take students who have not improved their attendance through to Attendance Panel and Prosecution. Exemplars are included.

Relevant Systemic Policy and Strategies

This section links to systemic policies that have a direct impact on attendance in schools.

The RAI hopes that the included resources and strategies greatly assist your school to improve its attendance data. Please note that the yellow boxes on each word document are there for further information and can be deleted, allowing you to access the resource behind it.


Please call the Regional Office on 9285 3600 if you require further assistance.

Please direct any feedback relating to this site here.

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