The rules on suspensions and expulsions are different depending on whether you go to a public government school or a private school. This page only applies if you go to a public school in the Northern Territory. If you attend a private, independent or Catholic school please contact us here with your question.
Every Australian child has a right to education. This means your school cannot suspend or expel you without very good reasons and a clear process. It also means your school must act fairly if they are planning on suspending or expelling you from school. If you think you are being unfairly punished, you can appeal the decision.
Expulsion is when you are asked to leave school permanently.
Your Principal can recommend to the Head of Schools in Northern Territory that you be expelled if:
Before you are expelled, your Principal must first suspend you for a maximum period of 1 month. This is so that the Principal has time to decide whether to recommend to the CEO that you should be expelled, and the CEO has time to make a decision.
At the time you are suspended the Principal must tell you that he/she is thinking about recommending to the CEO that you should be expelled. The Principal must also tell your parents.
Before making the decision your Principal must talk to the Director School Performance (DSP) about whether you should be expelled and must write to you:
After hearing your side of the story your Principal must decide within 2 days whether to recommend that you be expelled. Your Principal must then let you know the decision in writing straight away.
If the Principal decides to recommend that you be expelled, in this letter the Principal must also let you know the reasons why. You must also be advised that you will be given a copy of the Principal’s recommendation and that you will be able to give your side of the story to the CEO before the CEO makes a decision.
The recommendation from the Principal to the CEO must include:
The recommendation must not include any information that the Principal has not already told or written to you or your parents.
The recommendation will be reviewed by departmental officers before it is given to the CEO, and before it is given to the CEO the Executive Director must:
You must be allowed at least 7 days to put your case to the CEO before a decision is made.
After looking at all the evidence the CEO will then decide whether you should be expelled. The CEO will let you know of the decision in writing, including the reasons for the decision.
The CEO must reach a decision and advise you of that decision before the end of your suspension period.
If you have been expelled, you cannot join another government school unless:
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Information held by the Education Department about your suspension or expulsion is not public information. It can only be shown to others if you give permission.
If you have more questions about suspensions of expulsions, you can get help here.
You can also read the Department of Education’s policies on suspension and expulsion here (Northern Territory Northern Territory Government. Department of Education and Children’s Services Expulsion Guidelines February 2012 DET File: 2011/1553:5.5.
Finally, if you are finding that being out of school is very difficult and stressful and you are feeling a bit down you can call Kids Helpline or check them out here: http://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/
The Helpline is free and you don’t have to tell them who you are. You can also call them for free on 1800 55 1800.
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