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Students from isolated zones

Student identification

Identification of the number of students from isolated areas of the State attending each non-State school is required to assist with the allocation of the needs component of recurrent assistance. Student isolation is based on the student’s home address when not attending school.

Home address means the residential address where the student would normally live with a parent/ guardian when not attending school.

Map of student isolation

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Only students whose home address is designated Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia should be included in this section of the Census form.

Note: Areas in and around Cloncurry and Mount Isa may be designated as either Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia. Schools with students from these areas should use the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) mapping tool to determine the designation of the home addresses of these students. The tool is available at Choose 2016 Remoteness Area (RA) as the Boundary Type, type the address into the address box, and click the Search icon. Then, click the box which will bring up the region.
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Examples of the address searches:
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The results of the searches must be retained by the school for audit purposes.

Interstate students

For students from another State or Territory, use the ABS mapping tool to determine isolation.
Note: This is not applicable for students in distance education.

If you require clarification of eligibility, please contact the NSSAB Secretariat.

Students to be excluded

>> Completing the Isolated students fields

Last updated 22 February, 2023

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