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 Victoria. 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.
You can be suspended for:
You can be suspended for things that you while travelling to school or involved in a school activity off school campus.
Usually, you can only be suspended for up to 5 school days at any one time. The school must provide you with appropriate school work while you are suspended. You can be suspended into the next term in some cases if the principal thinks it won’t disrupt your learning.
What rules should the school follow if they want to suspend you?
In most cases, before you are suspended, the Principal must:
If you’ve been suspended for more than 3 days, give you a learning plan for how you should do work while you are suspended
In very serious cases, the principal can suspend you immediately if you are putting the safety of teachers, other students or yourself at serious risk.
The Principal of your school must also decide to hold a meeting with you, your parents and others to talk about your behaviour. This usually only happens if you or your parents ask for a meeting, or if you have been suspended for more five days or multiple times in the year.
For more information on the suspension process, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/participation/suspensionbrochureparenteasyeng.PDF
Unfortunately you can’t appeal a suspension. If you think that the suspension is unfair, you should ask your parents to speak to the principal. If you think the Principal isn’t dealing with the issue properly, you can contact the local regional office for your school. You can find out more about how to do this here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/parents/health/suspensionprocedures.pdf
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Records about expulsions have to be destroyed within a year after you’re expelled or turn 17, whichever happens later.
If you have been suspended or expelled from school, you should get advice about your rights as soon as possible. You need to act quickly to ensure that you minimise as much as possible any disruption or break in your education.
Please contact us here as soon as you find out so that we can advise you of what to do next.
You can also speak to a lawyer at Youth Law in Melbourne. They provide free and confidential legal information and advice to young people up to the age of 25. Their details are:
Email: [email protected]
Ph: (03) 9611 2412
Address: At Frontyard, 19 King Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Drop in (no appointments needed): 2-5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Skype sessions: http://youthlaw.asn.au/services/youthlaw-online-via-skype/
You can also read the Victorian government’s policy on suspensions and expulsions here:
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/participation/pages/expulsions.aspx and here http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/participation/pages/suspensions.aspx
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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