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Regular school attendance enables students to maximise their full educational potential and to actively participate and engage in their learning. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age. Students who are regularly absent from school are at risk of missing out on fundamental aspects of their educational and social development.
The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 sets out basic legal requirements for attendance. In Victoria, young people between 6 and 16 years of age (inclusive) must be enrolled in a registered school or registered for home schooling in accordance with the Act and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007. While student attendance at school is a legal obligation of parents/carers, consistent with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, Victorian government schools, in partnership with parents/carers, students and the wider community, must provide active support for full student attendance and retention until the completion of Year 12 or its equivalent.