1.1.S.53 Schooling requirement period (SEAM)

Note: SEAM ceased effective 31 December 2017. The Australian and Northern Territory Governments remain committed to supporting families and communities to get their children to school every day and to improve school attendance in remote communities. Despite the cessation of SEAM, Northern Territory Government Truancy Officers will continue to monitor attendance in select communities and DHS social workers will continue to visit remote communities as part of their general work.


This definition applies for SEAM purposes ONLY.

Definition: schooling requirement period

Schooling requirement period is defined in the Social Security (Administration) (Schooling Requirement) Determination 2009 (No. 1) clause 5. For the school enrolment component of SEAM a schooling requirement period is the period that the child is required to be enrolled at school. Typically, this would be the entire period between the lower and upper compulsory school ages for a child in the relevant state or territory. For the attendance component of SEAM a schooling requirement period relates to the school terms applying in the state or territory.

Last reviewed: 5 February 2018