Education Act 1989

  • repealed
  • Education Act 1989: repealed, on 1 August 2020, by section 669(3)(b) of the Education and Training Act 2020 (2020 No 38).
14 Principal may stand-down or suspend students


The principal of a State school may stand-down or suspend a student if satisfied on reasonable grounds that—


the student’s gross misconduct or continual disobedience is a harmful or dangerous example to other students at the school; or


because of the student’s behaviour, it is likely that the student, or other students at the school, will be seriously harmed if the student is not stood-down or suspended.


A stand-down may be for 1 or more specified periods, and—


the period or periods may not exceed 5 school days in any one term:


a student may be stood-down more than once in the same year but for not more than 10 school days in total in that year:


in calculating the period of a stand-down, the day on which the student was stood-down, and any day on which the student would not have had to attend school in any event, must not be counted:


the principal may lift the stand-down at any time before it is due to expire.


If a student has been stood-down or suspended, the following provisions apply in relation to the student’s attendance at the school:


the principal may require the student to attend the school if the principal reasonably considers the student’s attendance is appropriate for the purposes of section 17A:


the principal must allow the student to attend the school if the student’s parents request that the student be permitted to attend the school and the principal considers the request is reasonable:


otherwise the student does not have to, and is not permitted to, attend the school while stood-down or suspended.

Section 14: replaced, on 12 July 1999, by section 7 of the Education Amendment Act (No 2) 1998 (1998 No 118).

Section 14(1)(b): amended, on 17 May 2006, by section 5 of the Education Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 19).