Have you completed your 2021 Student Background Data (SBD) collection with ACARA? It is closing on 16 July 2021. All schools must submit this 2021 SBD data (to ACARA) to receive their Socio-Economic Disadvantage (SED) and Low English Proficiency (LEP) recurrent funding loading amounts.
For further information about the SBD collection, please visit ACARA's SBD collection website. Should you have any questions on the data collection process, please email ACARA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important update about the Non-Government Schools Census and COVID-19
The unpredictable nature of COVID-19 is exemplified by the recent influx of cases across the country and the lockdowns now in place in a number of locations. If extended, these state and territory restrictions may require students to undertake remote or flexible learning once school recommences.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is closely monitoring the effect COVID-19 is having on local communities and schools. If states and territories implement remote or flexible learning and these restrictions coincide with a significant portion of the Census Reference Period, we will write to notify you of alternative arrangements for reporting students who are undertaking flexible or remote learning.
Where schools are not subject to state and territory restrictions and have not been notified of alternative arrangements, you may submit a Special Circumstances Application for students who did not attend during the Census Reference Period.
For more information about Remote and Flexiable Learning, see our FAQs
For information about COVID restrictions in your area, please refer to the advice from your state or territory government.
The Address collection will close for submissions at 11:59pm tonight. Schools will not be able to enter or update reported data after this time to ensure the consistent processing of data.
The Address Collection will reopen later in the year only for new schools to submit their data.