School Enrolment and Attendance Measure - Northern Territory

School aged children in your care must be enrolled in school and attend regularly, or your income support payments may stop.

School is important for your children to learn how to read, write and count. Going to school every day will give your children the skills they need to make good decisions and give them more opportunities as they grow up.

About SEAM

Under the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM) you must make sure school aged children in your care are enrolled in and attending school regularly, otherwise your income support payments may stop.

You may be affected by SEAM if your child does not go to school and you:

  • live in a SEAM location
  • care for a school aged child, and
  • receive an income support payment from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

There are 2 components to SEAM - enrolment and attendance.

Enrolment

You need to make sure any school aged children in your care are enrolled in school. You may need to provide us with information about the school your children are enrolled in.

If your children are not enrolled in school and you do not have a good reason or special circumstances, your income support payments may stop until you enrol your children.

Attendance

Your children need to go to school during school hours from Monday to Friday each week during the school term.

If your children cannot go to school, you need to let the school know why.

SEAM locations

Current SEAM locations are:

  • Alice Springs
  • Alyangula
  • Angurugu
  • Galiwin’ku
  • Gapuwiyak
  • Gunbalanya
  • Katherine
  • Katherine Town Camps
  • Lajamanu
  • Maningrida
  • Milingimbi
  • Milyakburra
  • Ngukurr
  • Nhulunbuy
  • Ntaria (Hermannsburg)
  • Numbulwar
  • Tennant Creek
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Umbakumba
  • Wadeye
  • Wallace Rockhole
  • Yirrkala, and
  • Yuendemu

Northern Territory Department of Education

We are working with Northern Territory Department of Education (NT DoE) to make sure children attend school regularly.

If your child is not going to school, you may be contacted by NT DoE.

Compulsory conference and attendance plan

If you are contacted by NT DoE, you must go to a conference. This is a meeting to talk about why your child is not going to school.

A Senior Attendance and Truancy Officer from NT DoE will work with you to develop an attendance plan.

The attendance plan will include actions that you and your child’s school can take to help make sure your child goes to school every day.

If you do not go to this conference or follow the actions in your attendance plan, your income support payments may stop.

Support available

If you need help getting your children to school, our social workers are able to support you at any time during the SEAM process. Our Education Liaison Officers are also available to help answer any questions you may have about SEAM.

How it may affect your payments

Your payment may stop until you meet your requirements. If you do not meet your requirements for periods totaling 13 weeks, your payment may be cancelled without back payment.

If your children are already going to school regularly this measure will not affect you. Your payments will continue as long as your children continue to attend school.

How SEAM works

You may be affected by SEAM if your child does not go to school and you:

  • live in a SEAM location
  • care for a school aged child, and
  • receive a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs income support payment

If your child goes to school every day, your income support payment will continue.

If your child does not go to school, you may need to attend a compulsory conference and agree to an attendance plan. If you follow the attendance plan, your income support payments will continue.

If you don’t go to the compulsory conference or don’t agree to an attendance plan, you may receive a compliance notice from NT DoE.

If you agree to an attendance plan but don’t follow it, you may receive a compliance notice from NT DoE.

If you don’t follow a compliance notice, your income support payments may stop until you follow the compliance notice.

Privacy

As part of ensuring the school enrolment and attendance of all school aged children in SEAM locations, we may collect and disclose information relating to school enrolment and attendance in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999. Read more about your right to privacy.

More information

If you have any questions about SEAM, call our Families line or go to a service centre.

Page last updated: 16 September 2016