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School Absence Request

Last revision Last revision 25/02/2024
Formats FormatsWord and PDF
Size Size1 page
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Last revisionLast revision: 25/02/2024

FormatsAvailable formats: Word and PDF

SizeSize: 1 page

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This document can be used to request authorisation from a school for a child's absence. It can be used for one child or several children.

Children may need to miss school for a variety of reasons such as:

  • illness;
  • medical appointments;
  • dental appointments;
  • court/legal proceedings;
  • funerals;
  • weddings;
  • religious ceremonies;
  • bereavement;
  • family crises;
  • family holidays; and
  • any other legitimate absences that can be justified.

How to use this document

The letter should be signed by the parent or guardian of the child/children and sent to the principal or another relevant person at the school. The parent/guardian can then wait for a response from the school.

The parent/guardian also has the option to attach any relevant information with this letter (such as a medical certificate or a copy of their travel itinerary).

The parent/guardian may also choose to include a message within the letter inviting the school to be in contact in relation to any learning activities or homework that the child should undertake during the period of absence.

If no response is received, or the request is urgent, the letter may be followed up with a phone call to the school to confirm receipt and ask that a response be provided urgently.

Applicable law

Each state and territory of Australia has laws regarding school attendance and absence. Further information may be obtained from the education department in the relevant state or territory.

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