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
Suspension is when the school asks you to leave school for a short time up to one month.
You can be suspended from school if your Principal is satisfied that your behaviour at school means you could be harmful to others at the school. Examples of such behaviour are:
You can be suspended for up to one month. While you are suspended the school must continue to give you school work to make sure that you do not fall behind in your school work.
The Principal must follow certain rules before suspending you. Your parents or guardians must be given an opportunity to speak to the school on your behalf.
The Principal must also:
Before you return to school, someone from the school must:
Step 1: Discussion with your Principal
You and your parents can go to the Principal and ask them to review the suspension. In order to get the Principal to review the suspension, you have to be able to give evidence which was not available when the school first decided to suspend you. It’s up to the principal to then decide whether to cancel the suspension or change how long it’s for. They will decide this depending on whether you are genuinely sorry for what you have done, and have agreed with whatever the school proposes about how to change your behaviour in the future.
The Principal has to let you know what they decide in writing.
Step 2: Contact your Regional Office or DET Complaints Line
If you do not agree with the Principal’s decision after the review, you can contact the regional office for your school or call the Department of Education & Training Complaints Line as soon as possible.
You can find the name and contact details of your regional office by typing in your school name here: http://directory.ntschools.net/SchoolSearch.aspx
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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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