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Exemption from School Attendance and Enrolment

1  Exemption categories 

This section:

  • outlines the circumstances in which an exemption from school attendance and enrolment may be sought
  • explains who can authorise the exemption
  • provides a link to the process for applying for an exemption contained in these guidelines

Circumstance: Child turns 6 (compulsory school age) while attending kindergarten
Who authorises: Regional Director. For process, see Participation and Engagement — Children of School Age Attending a Kindergarten Program (based on Ministerial Order 713).

Circumstance: The student has completed Year 10 and will participate in approved education or training, or employment, or both, on a full time basis
Who authorises: Principal. For process, refer to Chapter 2 — Students who have completed Year 10 and will participate in approved education, training or employment.

Circumstance: Student has not completed Year 10 of schooling and will participate in approved education or training, or employment, or both, on a full time basis
Who authorises: Regional Director following consideration by the Principal. For process, refer to Chapter 3 — Students who have not completed year 10 and will participate in approved education, training or employment.

Circumstance: Student is employed or seeking employment during school hours in the entertainment industry
Who authorises: Principal. For process, refer to Chapter 4 — Short-term Entertainment Industry Employment.

Circumstance: If leaving school is in best interests of the student.
Who authorises: Regional Director following consideration by the Principal. For process, refer to Chapter 5 — If leaving school is in student's best interests 

Chapter in the Exemption from Attendance and Enrolment Guidelines outlining the various categories students may be exempted under

Reviewed 26 May 2020

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