Making sure students are safe and well is a priority for the Victorian government. This section explains how suspensions and expulsions work in Victorian government schools.


Suspension is a disciplinary measure that means a student is removed from school for a period of time. After a suspension, your child will return to class.

Learn more about suspension


Expulsion means a student is permanently excluded from the school they are attending. It’s the most serious disciplinary measure open to the principal.

Learn more about expulsion

Get advice

You can talk to your child’s school if you’re worried about their behaviour.

You can also talk to the Department for support if your child is being considered for suspension or expulsion. Contact your closest regional office.

Non-government schools have their own suspension and expulsion process: