In 2019, almost all (95%) Indigenous children enrolled in a preschool program, had attended for at least one hour within the reference week. A slightly higher proportion (98%) of non-Indigenous children attended for at least one hour within the reference week (Figure 5.10.1).
Between 2016 and 2019, preschool attendance rates increased slightly among both Indigenous children (from 94% to 95%) and non-Indigenous children (from 96% to 98%) (Figure 5.10.1).
In 2019, preschool attendance was around 97% among Indigenous children in Major cities and Inner regional areas but below 90% in both Remote and Very remote areas (Figure 5.10.2).
State and territory
In 2019, preschool attendance was at least 90% in all states and territories, except the Northern Territory and Western Australia, where attendance was 74% and 89%, respectively (Figure 5.10.2).
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While rates of attendance are high among those who are enrolled, additional data are required to determine what proportion of Indigenous children are not enrolled in a preschool program in the year before full time schooling.
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5.10 Percentage of enrolled children who attended a preschool program in the year before full time schooling, Indigenous status, 2016–2019 and by selected population group, 2019