This policy explains the requirement for schools to complete computer census information annually.


  • The census of computers in schools is conducted annually in conjunction with the February school census. The census measures the computer-to-student ratio in schools on the last school day of February.
  • Data is collected about all computers that are being used in schools. This data is used for information and communication technologies (ICT) planning and provisioning as well as government reporting purposes.
  • Schools must complete computer census information online by the due date which will be communicated to all schools through the School Update.


Data submitted must accurately reflect all computers that are in use at the school on census day, including both curriculum and administration computers. Information collected is based on the date of acquisition so an age profile can be obtained.

The census is completed online using the Provisioning, Inventory and Service Management ( PRISMExternal Link ) portal as part of your annual school ICT self-assessment. Your Specialist Technician will assist you to complete the census.

Schools are responsible for the accuracy of the data that is submitted.

Refer to PRISMExternal Link — select ‘Assess’.

Department policy explaining the requirements for schools to complete computer census information annually

Reviewed 07 October 2021

Policy last updated

7 October 2020


  • Schools


Consult your school’s specialist technician, your regional service delivery manager, or the Services Portal

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