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Student Behaviour in Public Schools Policy


1. Policy statement

Department of Education schools provide every student with the educational support the student needs to learn and maintain positive behaviour. 

2. Policy rules

Principals must, in accordance with the Student Behaviour in Public Schools Procedures:

  • document a whole school plan to support positive student behaviour;
  • implement the documented whole school plan to support positive student behaviour; and
  • provide individual student behaviour support where the need is identified.

3. Responsibility for Implementation and Compliance

Principals are responsible for implementation of the policy.

Line managers are responsible for compliance monitoring.

4. Scope

This policy applies to principals in public schools.

6. Definitions

A student’s learned actions, identified in a school’s code of conduct, that contribute to the student’s growth and development and the school’s good order and proper management.

The educational support a student receives from the school in order to learn and maintain identified behaviour. 

A person who is enrolled at a Department of Education school.

7. Related documents

8. Contact information

Policy manager:

Director, Student Engagement and Wellbeing Directorate

Policy contact officer:

Principal Consultant, Student Engagement and Wellbeing Branch


9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
4 January 2016 2.0
This new policy replaces the Behaviour Management in Schools policy. Endorsed by the Director General on 9 December 2015 D15/0557868
4 January 2016 11 August 2016 2.1
Updated contact information D16/0522722
4 January 2016 3 October 2018 2.2
Minor changes to include reference to Public Schools D18/0151652 and updated legislation links D18/0207680.
4 January 2016 18 February 2022 2.3
Minor change to update contact details D22/0103486

10. More information

Policy review date

4 January 2019

Policy last updated

18 February 2022