The Exclusion Project

What is it? 

The CCYP is partnering with University of South Australia, UNICEF, the Australian Secondary Principals Association and the South Australian Principles Association on a national exclusion study.

This study aims to investigate:

  • the extent to which school suspensions and exclusions are used by schools across Australia to discipline students and manage diverse student populations
  • the reasons why students are suspended and excluded
  • the profile of students who are suspended and excluded; and
  • the impact on the health, welfare and academic achievement of children who are suspended and excluded from Australian schools.

The research will provide the evidence base for policy and school-based interventions to enhance the health and welfare of vulnerable children in our schools


The Commissioner has concerns about the health and wellbeing of children and young people being excluded from school, and the lack of Australian research concerning the use of exclusionary practices.

On her 2017 Listening Tour, the Commissioner spoke to over 1,400 children and young people about what was important to them. A major concern for children and young people was schools excluding fellow students who needed the most help and support. The Commissioner has also spoken to secondary organisations, including FLO agencies that have raised concerns such as the increasing number of children and young people who:

  • only attend school part-time; and/or
  • opt out of formal learning because they are ‘a bit different’.

The CCYP will contribute to the study by providing case studies about the impacts of exclusions and suspensions on the child or young person, as well as on their family and support networks.

Find out more about our Exclusion Project here:

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