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Statistics on Victorian schools and teaching

Summary statistics on Victorian school children, teacher supply and demand, expulsion and restraint and seclusion data.

Summary Statistics on Victorian Schools

Summary statistics on Victorian schools are updated twice per calendar year. The 'Summary Statistics Snapshot' provides a quick overview of key statistics such as numbers of students, teachers and schools.

The 'Summary Statistics Brochure' provides comprehensive information on the Victorian government school system, including class sizes, student achievement figures, and demographic information.

The data cube files are reissued with updated data from the February school census during each calendar year.

Definitions and derived calculations

These documents provide information on definitions and derived calculations for class sizes and apparent retention and transition rates.

Teacher supply and demand

Report types:

  • Supply: enrolment, destination and related initial teacher education data from Victorian universities and other sources
  • Demand: school enrolment and employment data
  • Matching supply and demand: current and projected teacher shortages or surpluses.

The teacher supply and demand reports:

Expulsions

Annual data on expulsions in Victorian government schools for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 is now available.

The reports below provide a comprehensive analysis of data for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Incidents of expulsions in 2017

Number and type of expulsion incidents in 2017
TypeNumber
Primary school students23
Secondary school students258
Ungraded4
Total285

Incidents of expulsion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in 2017

Number and type of expulsion incidents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in 2017
TypeNumber
ATSI students18
Non-ATSI students267
Total285

This data represents incidents of expulsion in Victorian government schools between 1 January and 31 December 2017.

Restraint and Seclusion

Annual data on incidents of restraint and seclusion in Victorian government schools for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 is now available.

Incidents of restraint and seclusion in 2019

Number of incidents of physical restraint Number of incidents of seclusion Total
Primary school age
977
80
1057
Secondary school age
254
21
275
Unknown age
43
6
49
Total
1274
107
1522*

*The total number of incidents includes 141 incidents of combined restraint and seclusion

Reason for restraint and seclusion in 2019

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusion Total
Aggression towards persons
1218
127
1345
Prevent self-harm
20
4
24
Prevent damage to property with a risk of physical harm
108
19
127
Abscond from school with a risk of physical harm
99
3
102

Reports can include multiple reasons, so the total number does not match that reported elsewhere on this page.

Incidents of restraint and seclusion in 2020

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusion Total
Primary school age
604
62
666
Secondary school age
254
26
280
Total
858
88
996*

*The total number of incidents includes 50 incidents of combined restraint and seclusion

Reason for restraint and seclusion in 2020

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusionTotal
Aggression towards persons
950
111
1061
Prevent self-harm
88
4
92
Prevent damage to property with a risk of physical harm
161
28
189
Abscond from school with a risk of physical harm
115
2
117

Reports can include multiple reasons, so the total number does not match that reported elsewhere on this page.

Incidents of restraint and seclusion in 2021

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusionTotal
Primary school age
921
53
974
Secondary school age
419
26
445
Total
1340
79
1461*

*The total number of incidents includes 42 incidents of combined restraint and seclusion

Reason for restraint and seclusion in 2021

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusion Total
Aggression towards persons
1505
100
1605
Prevent self-harm
166
7
173
Prevent damage to property with a risk of physical harm
206
17
223
Abscond from school with a risk of physical harm
195
4
199

Reports can include multiple reasons, so the total number does not match that reported elsewhere on this page.

Incidents of restraint and seclusion in 2022

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusion Total
Primary school age
1183
244
1427
Secondary school age
326
69
395
Unknown age
21
1
22
Total
1530
314
1844

Reason for restraint and seclusion in 2022

Number of incidents of physical restraintNumber of incidents of seclusion Total
Aggression towards persons
794
191
985
Prevent self-harm
69
9
78
Prevent damage to property with a risk of physical harm
135
42
177
Abscond from school with a risk of physical harm
132
13
45

Reports can include multiple reasons, so the total number does not match that reported elsewhere on this page.

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