The Improving School Enrolment and Attendance through Welfare Reform Measure (SEAM) is an Australian Government initiative which recognises parent and carer responsibilities to enrol their children in school and make every effort to ensure they attend regularly. SEAM forms part of the Australian Government’s broader Welfare Payment Reform initiative.
SEAM helps identify where a child is not enrolled or attending school and offers families a range of supports including the opportunity to work with a social worker. SEAM provides support for communication between the school and the family and assists parents in addressing the barriers to their child’s school enrolment and attendance.
The Australian Government is committed to doing all it can to help parents meet their responsibilities to get their children to school.
The Social Security Legislation Amendment Act 2012 provides for a new model of SEAM to be introduced in the Northern Territory as part of the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. This model will involve closer integration with the Every Child Every Day program of the Northern Territory Government.
Who is responsible for SEAM?
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has policy responsibility for this measure working collaboratively with FaHCSIA, state and territory governments and the Department of Human Services (DHS).