The Exclusions Project

Project Overview

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

This study aims to investigate the:

  • extent to which suspensions and exclusions are used by schools across Australia to discipline students and manage diverse student populations
  • reasons why students are suspended and excluded
  • profile of students who are suspended and excluded; and
  • 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 that 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 who are being excluded from school, as well as the apparent lack of Australian research there is 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 their fellow students, many of whom they felt needed the most help and support.

The Commissioner has also spoken to secondary agencies, including FLO agencies that have raised some concerns, including the increasing number of children and young people:

  • only attending school part-time;
  • opting out of formal learning because they are ‘a bit different’.

The CCYP will contribute to the study by providing case studies on the impact exclusions and suspensions have on the child or young person, their family, and their support network.

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