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Incident reports in NSW government schools (2012-2022)

Our schools are among the safest places in our community for children and young people. However, from time to time, incidents do affect schools just as they affect communities and society as a whole. This publication provides information on incident reports in NSW government schools. Publishing these reports informs the community about incidents in public schools and how the department supports schools through incidents while still protecting the identity of students and staff.

Data Notes:

  • Following an incident, the Principal or School Executive is required to notify the department’s Incident Report and Support Hotline which includes seconded NSW Police officers so support and advice can be provided to assist the school with the management of the incident. All criminal related incidents are reviewed by the seconded police officers in line with legislative requirements. In some circumstances the Principal or School Executive may also contact NSW Police directly if an urgent response is required.

  • References have been removed which could expose a person to a risk of harm or which reveals the identities, or the personal/health information of students, school staff and community members. Information that may prejudice an investigation has also been removed.

  • The categories of incidents that are reported by schools include drugs, technology, violence, weapons and welfare.

  • Data is published biannually in January and October.

More information:

Data Source:

  • People Group. NSW Department of Education.

Data and Resources


Additional Info

Field Value
Title Incident reports in NSW government schools (2012-2022)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Landing Page https://data.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/06098aa7-ef7e-40d5-b378-d39b77eb1a18
Date Published 2017-08-21
Date Updated 2024-06-26
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2012-01-01 - 2020-12-31
Geospatial Coverage NSW81093: New South Wales
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Data Portal Data.NSW
Publisher/Agency NSW Department of Education