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Student attendance

Trans-border Attendance Strategy

The Trans-border Attendance Strategy (initially Tri-Border Attendance Strategy) is an action item under the Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014. The Strategy commenced as a pilot in 2009 and included 45 Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian remote schools to address the issue of absenteeism and significant mobility amongst Aboriginal students. The Strategy has gradually progressed to include 399 public, Catholic and independent schools in 2013.

Central Schools System

Key to the Strategy is the Central Schools System (CSS), which consolidates and merges attendance data from ​ ​​participating systems. Through the use of the CSS schools are able to share attendance, enrolment and learning information across education sectors (public, Catholic and independent) and across states and territories.

As a result of the availability of this information school staff can determine on student arrival (or pre-arrival) their past enrolment and attendance history and the availability of other information necessary to progress learning, such as individual learning or behaviour plans.

Access and authorisation to the Central Schools System (CSS) requires the completion of the School Level User Authorisation form.

Data Use

Data from CSS assist schools in:

  • Developing effective teaching and learning programs and individual educational plans for transient students
  • Better understanding mobile students’ needs and requirements
  • Assisting to overcome enrolment barriers.


At the national IMS Learning Impact Awards in 2011, the Tri-Border Attendance Strategy received double success winning first prize for the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning and the People’s Choice Award.  A further award followed in 2012 at the IMS Global Learning Consortium in Toronto, Canada. The Strategy took the IMS Global Learning Consortium’ silver award.

Student attendance

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