Information on this page applies to all expulsions from Victorian government schools commenced before 16 July 2018. A new expulsion policy and process comes into effect from Term 3, 2018.

Suspension and expulsion should only be used in extreme circumstances. How a school responds to challenging behaviour depends on their discipline policy.

Every Victorian Government school is required to have a Student Engagement Policy.  The Policy:

  • emphasises prevention and early intervention to support students
  • promotes positive behaviour rather than punishment as a way to respond to challenging behaviour
  • outlines processes, actions and consequences for the school when a student’s attendance becomes irregular or they demonstrate challenging behaviours.

Non-government schools have their own disciplinary guidelines. For more information, see: Frequently asked questions

For Victorian Government schools guidelines, see: Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance​


Only a principal has the authority to suspend a student and must first ensure a range of strategies have been put in place to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of the student and that these strategies have not helped improve the student’s behaviour.

To view grounds for suspension and the process that schools must follow, see: Suspension process


Only a principal has the authority to expel a student. Expulsion from school is the most serious disciplinary measure open to the principal.

For more on the expulsion process that schools must follow, see: Expulsion process

More information

For more information about student engagement and behaviour, student support and disciplinary measures, see: Frequently Asked Questions


To discuss any specific issues relating to their learning and behaviour, contact your child's school.

If you feel your concerns have not been addressed by the school, Contact your closest regional office. See: Regions

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