3.1.10 School Enrolment & Attendance Measure (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 section contains information on the SEAM, which is a measure that provides the offer of social work support to help parents overcome barriers to school enrolment and attendance, and as a last resort, the possible suspension of parents' income support payments to ensure that their children are enrolled in and regularly attending school.

Note: The term 'parent' has been used in these guidelines for ease of understanding; however SEAM legislation uses the term schooling requirement person (1.1.S.55), which in some circumstances includes people with at least 14% care of a child of compulsory school age.

Note: References to DHS include references to the Secretary or a delegate of the Secretary for the purposes of SEAM.

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Last reviewed: 5 February 2018