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Student attendance

Attendance Advisory Panels

Referring a case of persistent student absence to an Attendance Advisory Panel (AAP) is one of the legislative strategies available to schools seeking to restore a student’s attendance.

An Attendance Advisory Panel is a group of people brought together under section 39 of the School Education Act 1999, to provide advice and assistance to families where a student is persistently absent from school.

Convening a panel provides an opportunity for a group of people from the community, who are independent of the school, to bring a new perspective to the case, inquire into the underlying reasons for a student’s absence and make recommendations to the family to restore attendance. Advice may be of a practical nature, and may also include referral to external agencies or services that will provide the parent(s) and student with assistance.

An Attendance Advisory Panel is not necessarily a ‘last resort’ strategy. The principal may determine that utilising a panel of community members may assist in restoring a student’s attendance early in the case-management process.


Guidelines for Attendance Advisory Panels - provides comprehensive information on the procedural requirements for Attendance Advisory Panels

Panel Membership Application - prospective panel members can use this form to nominate to sit on Attendance Advisory Panels, School Discipline and Disability Advisory Panels

Templates within the Guidelines for attendance advisory panels (word)

Non-IPS Schools request to Regional Executive Director to convene an Attendance Advisory Panel (word)

Letters to parents have been translated and can be found on the English as an Additional Language/Dialect website


Training resources for schools and networks

Attendance Advisory Panels - Training presentation (Powerpoint)

Attendance Advisory Panels - Notes to accompany training presentation (pdf)

Attendance Advisory Panels - Workshop worksheet to accompany training presentation (word)

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