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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Remote School Attendance Strategy

The Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) is an engagement-focused program that works with communities and schools to improve school attendance. RSAS team members are local people from the community. They may be mums, dads, caregivers, aunties, uncles or grandparents who want to help children in the community get to school.

RSAS teams work closely with teachers, parents and the community to develop a community plan to identify ways to ensure all children in the community go to school every day. They also help with things like:

  • Talking to children and families about the importance of regular school attendance
  • Celebrating and rewarding improved attendance
  • Working with families where children are not attending school to find out why and what can be done to help them
  • Providing practical support like driving children to school or helping to organise school lunches, uniforms, homework and after-school care
  • Working with the school to monitor attendance and follow up on student absences

RSAS operates in 84 schools in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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RSAS Toolkit

The RSAS toolkit includes a series of templates, resources and checklists that RSAS providers will be able to access and utilise as required. These tools are a useful resource to assist in the delivery of the remote school attendance strategy.

RSAS Operational Documents and Templates

RSAS Operational documents and templates include:

  • RSAS Operational Framework
  • RSAS Resources
  • RSAS Activity Plan Guidance 2023
  • RSAS Semester Activity Plan instructions
  • RSAS Activity Menu Item Guidelines 2023
  • RSAS Daily Attendance Activities 2023
  • RSAS Semester 1 Activity Plan Template 2023
  • Example only – RSAS Semester 1 Activity Plan
  • RSAS Semester 2 Activity Plan Template 2023
  • RSAS Progress Report 2023
  • RSAS budget example

RSAS Workforce Development Training

The National Indigenous Australians Agency has developed an online training package for RSAS workers. The package will assist staff to develop skills used in their day-to-day roles. RSAS Providers should engage a suitable facilitator to deliver the online training modules available on the RSAS Training Portal.

Getting Kids to School

There are many things we can do to help get kids to school every day. Watch this video to see how communities, families and individuals can overcome barriers and build on their strengths to support education.

Getting Kids to School Transcript DOCX 22KB

Going to School Matters

Regular school attendance has many positive impacts, kids who attend school more regularly are more confident and learn important life skills for later in life. Some days it’s hard to get kids to school as the path isn’t always straight or easy. RSAS works with families to make sure kids don’t fall too far behind by helping families get their kids to school every day.

Going to School Matters Transcript DOCX 22KB

Planning with our Communities

Every community is different, and the path to school is different in every place. To improve school attendance we need the whole community to be involved. RSAS works with communities to develop and implement a local Community Attendance Plan.

Planning with our Communities Transcript DOCX 22KB

School is Everyone’s Business

School is good for kids, it prepares them for the future. RSAS is here to walk the path with kids, families, schools and communities to improve school attendance. Together we can support kids and young people to get a good education and reach their full potential. In this video you’ll learn the different roles of the RSAS staff.

School is Everyone's Business Transcript DOCX 22KB

Staying on the Road to School

With the right support we can get kids and families the help they need to get their kids to school. RSAS workers help strengthen and build positive relationships between families, schools and support services. Our job is to support, empower and enable families in their role of their kid’s education.

Staying on the Road to School Transcript DOCX 22KB

Supporting Families through the Remote School Attendance Strategy

There are many ways we can support families through RSAS. Watch this video to learn about different family types, and strategies on how to best support each family type to get their kids to attend school every day.

Mandatory Reporting Resources

If you think a child is in immediate danger then call 000.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, please visit these State and Territory websites for information about whether you should or must report your concerns. The links below also outline  how to make a report if required (information current as at Sept 2021):

RSAS Resources

  1. Student Achievement Certificate Template [PPTX 1.2MB]
  2. Poster 1: When I grow up I want to be a pilot [PDF 16MB]
  3. Poster 2: When I grow up I want to be a doctor [PDF 17MB]
  4. Poster 3: When I grow up I want to be a ranger [PDF 14MB]
  5. Poster 4: When I grow up I want to be an artist [PDF 17MB]
  6. Poster 5: When I grow up I want to be a counsellor [PDF 15MB]
  7. Remote School Attendance Strategy Parents and Carers Flyer 1 [PDF 1.9MB]
  8. Remote School Attendance Strategy Parents and Carers Flyer 2 [PDF 2.6MB]
  9. Fact Sheet: Family Follow Ups [PDF 310KB]
  10. Fact Sheet: Getting Disengaged Students Back to School [PDF 516KB]
  11. Fact Sheet: Governance Committees [PDF 327KB]
  12. Fact Sheet: How Cultural Activities Can Help Boost School Attendance [PDF 160KB]
  13. Fact Sheet: How RSAS Can Support Early Childhood Outcomes [PDF 542KB]
  14. Fact Sheet: How RSAS Can Support School Transitions [PDF 611KB]
  15. Fact Sheet: RSAS Communications and Media [PDF 304KB]
  16. Fact Sheet: Rewards and Incentives [PDF 437KB]
  17. Fact Sheet: Sports Carnivals and Community Events [PDF 298KB]
  18. Fact Sheet: Strategies to Improve School Attendance [PDF 306KB]
  19. Fact Sheet: Supporting Strong RSAS Teams [PDF 563KB]
  20. Fact Sheet: The Basics of RSAS [PDF 712KB]
  21. Fact Sheet: Travelling and Mobile Families [PDF 457KB]
  22. Fact Sheet: Why Talking about School Attendance is Important [PDF 317KB]
  23. Fact Sheet: Working With Children Checks [PDF 300KB]


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in secondary school may get ABSTUDY payments. Some primary school students may also be eligible. To learn more go to the ABSTUDY page on the Services Australia website.