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SCSEEC successful school attendance strategies evidence-based project 

Governments, schools and communities in Australia are using strategies to improve school attendance among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. There is currently scarce evidence about the effectiveness of particular strategies and the factors that underpin their success, or about their applicability to particular school or community settings. To fill this gap in evidence the AIHW was commissioned by the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, with funding from the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC), to conduct the project.

The AIHW combined published data on effectiveness of strategies with the on-the-ground experiences of schools and communities that were successful in improving the school attendance of Indigenous students. To complement the comprehensive literature review, qualitative evidence was collected from consultations with 9 diverse school communities in 2 jurisdictions.

The AIHW produced 3 reports: a summary, final and literature review. These reports were first published together by Education Services Australia (the legal entity for the Education Council) on the SCSEEC website on 21 November 2014.