Department of Education

Behaviour and Wellbeing

Behaviour and Wellbeing

Behaviour and Wellbeing ‹ Student attendance

Students Whose Whereabouts are Unknown (SWU)

The Department of Education manages the day to day operations of the Students whose Whereabouts are Unknown (SWU) list on behalf of all three education sectors. The SWU list details students who have been reported as missing from school (public, Catholic and Independent), Home Education, Notice of Arrangements and Exemptions.

A student is regarded as missing when they cannot be located, their parent/s cannot be contacted and the school has not received a transfer note.

Schools should report students who are missing within 15 days of their last date of attendance, after taking all reasonable steps to contact the family.


Schools should refer to the Students Whose Whereabouts are Unknown Guidelines prior to reporting a student as missing.

The SWU Request form should be completed for missing students within 15 school days of their last attendance.

Student attendance

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