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Behaviour management

We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for your children in Queensland state schools and have programs in place to address bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Behaviour at school is managed supportively to achieve a positive learning environment for the benefit of students, staff and parents. Corporal punishment is not allowed in Queensland state schools.

The Code of School Behaviour

The Code of School Behaviour outlines a consistent standard of behaviour for all state school communities in Queensland, including students, staff and parents. It recognises the close relationship between learning, achievement and behaviour. The code was developed to deliver the best possible outcomes for students and promotes developing responsible behaviour. School communities use it to promote high standards of behaviour and clearly articulated responses and consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

All state schools have an approved Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students outlining the standards expected and consequences when those standards are not met.

If you have any concerns about behaviour please discuss it with the school. The school will implement practices to maintain a safe learning environment.

In cases of serious inappropriate behaviour where a range of strategies have already been used, a student may be suspended or excluded from school. Queensland's Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 outlines the processes which must be followed in these situations.

Principals also have authority to suspend, exclude, cancel enrolment or impose a behaviour improvement condition for disobedience, misconduct or behaviour that is prejudicial to the good order and management of the school. Regional case managers are appointed to ensure that students who are excluded are enrolled in another school, an alternative education program, TAFE or other training or work placement.

In the case of long suspensions and exclusions (six to 20 days), students, parents or an authorised representative of the student may appeal against these decisions.

Student and parents are advised of the outcomes of an appeal in writing.

Alternative educational programs for students at risk

For some students, alternative placements and pathways are needed as a short term measure to assist them to reach their educational goals. Regions employ a variety of strategies to support students at risk of disengaging from learning, including:

Positive Learning Centres

Positive Learning Centres (PLCs) are one provision in an array of regional services that aim to provide an alternative program for some students who at a given point in time require intervention beyond the capacity of a mainstream classroom. The overall aim of the PLCs is to reintegrate students into mainstream schooling or into more appropriate learning or vocational pathways.

Other Regional Programs

(including Alternative Programs for six to 20-day suspensions)

A number of other services, programs and centres have been established throughout Queensland. These include programs for disengaged young people and those at risk of disengaging. For more information on the programs available in your region please contact your regional office.


The department is serious about addressing the issue of bullying. The Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence (QSAAV) was established to provide advice to the minister on the best practice measures to address bullying and violence in Queensland schools. The QSAAV developed a toolkit giving practical strategies to deal with the complex issue of bullying. 'Working Together: A toolkit for parents to address bullying' is supported by a series of six short videos called 'Quick tips for parents about bullying', presented by leading psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. The toolkit and videos give parents information on how to identify various types of bullying, including cyber bullying, methods of dealing with bullying, and how to work with schools to keep their child safe.

Bullying. No Way!

Bullying. No Way! Is a resource created by Australia's educational communities as well as students, staff, parents, agencies, education officers and community members. It is intended to support young people to be safe, supported, respected, valued - and free from bullying, violence, harassment and discrimination. The Bullying. No Way! website contains information and support for students on how to handle situations of bullying. For more information visit the Bullying. No Way website External Link.

Resources available to support students

Management of Young Children Program (MYCP)

The department's Management of Young Children Program (MYCP) provides an early and proactive intervention program for parents which promotes skill-building and relationship development.

In MYCP, parents are trained in multiple skills, including praise, instruction giving, behaviour-tracking, problem-solving, prompting and shaping desirable, purposeful behaviour. The program runs for approximately six weeks for parents of children aged two to seven years. For further information, parents should contact their local departmental regional office.

Triple P-Positive Parenting Program

Triple P is a multi-level family intervention program for the prevention and treatment of behavioural and emotional problems in pre-adolescent children. The parent program is run by trained practitioners in the community, usually through Queensland Health or the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is an initiative of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, and is widely recognised throughout Australia for its effectiveness. For more information, visit the Parenting and Family Support Centre External Link website.

The RAP Parent Program (RAP-P)

The Resourceful Adolescent Program - Parent Program (RAP-P) was developed to help parents promote the optimal family environment for healthy adolescent development. More specifically, the program addresses known family protective factors for adolescent depression and suicide and is designed as an early intervention program. It is generally run in communities through Queensland Health or Education Queensland. Information can be found at Resourceful Adolescent Program External Link website.

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This page was last reviewed on 20 Jul 2012

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