Suspension and expulsion

Suspension and expulsion from school are strategies schools can use within the context of schools’ student wellbeing and discipline policies.

Suspension is not intended as a punishment. Suspension allows time for school staff to plan and/or review learning and behaviour supports to assist a student engage positively with school and learning.

In some cases, suspension from school allows the school and government school system time to put measures in place to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Schools and the government school system work with parents, the student and specialist staff or other agencies, where appropriate, to assist a suspended student re-join the school community as quickly as possible.

Detailed information is available in the Suspension and expulsion of school students – procedures (PDF 1734.18KB)

Recording and reporting suspension and expulsion data

Schools are required to record suspensions/expulsions as soon as they occur in either the department’s Enrolment Registration Number System (ERN), for non Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) schools, or ebs:central, for LMBR schools. Schools using third party systems must enter data into ERN or ebs:central.

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