An East Dubbo couple who repeatedly refused to ensure their four children went to school and failed to appear in court multiple times were fined a total of $800 on Monday.
Three of the high school aged children did not attend school for 40 of 48 days in the last term of 2018, NSW Education Department documents presented to Dubbo Local Court showed.
The youngest child, aged 11, did not attend a full day of school for the entire term, with 38 full day absences reported and 48 partial days reported.
In March 2017 the department expressed concerns about appalling attendance records and attempted to rectify them with the parents, whose names the court suppressed to protect the children's privacy.
When an Aboriginal school liaison officer visited the family's home three times between April and August in 2017, no one answered at the front door.
The children continued to miss school and the department started proceedings in the Children's Court.
The parents failed to front the court and their case eventually progressed in the Local Court, where they also failed to appear.
"While the department will not disclose whether agencies are brought into contact with families or children... it would be wrong to assume that particular agencies are or are not involved," a department spokesman said when the Daily Liberal asked if any further action would be taken to help the children.
The children were enrolled at Buninyong Public School and Dubbo College Delroy Campus.
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