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Purpose of this policy

To ensure schools comply with legislative requirements including following the required procedures for suspension.


Ministerial Order 1125 (Procedures for Suspension and Expulsion of Students in Government Schools) took effect on 16 July 2018. The Order defines the grounds and process for suspensions, expulsions and appeals relating to expulsions of students in government schools. The Order and other laws must be interpreted and applied under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. This means that the Order must be complied with in a manner which is consistent with the Charter.


Only principals have authority to make the final decision to suspend a student. This authority cannot be delegated.

Every student deserves a safe and positive learning experience where they are engaged and supported to reach their full potential. 

The Department’s Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance (the Guidance) helps Principals to promote positive student behaviour and respond to challenging student behaviour. The Guidance also provides principals with supports and resources regarding disciplinary measures, see: Manage student behaviour

Principals considering the suspension of a student must refer to the Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance where grounds suspension considerations (including ground for suspension) and the suspension process are detailed. A range of templates, forms and support materials are also provided. For more information see:

Related policies

Related legislation and Ministerial Order

  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006
  • Ministerial Order 1125

Department resources

  • Student Engagement - for information on the student engagement policy, mentoring, support for disengaged students, and creating safe and respectful communities.