National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Joint Media Release
  • Prime Minister
  • Minister for Communications and the Arts
  • Minister for Education

A record number of Australian students will take a united stand against bullying today as part of the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

More than 2.4 million students attending 5,726 schools across Australia will take part in the National Day of Action, compared to 1.88 million students across 4,355 schools in 2018.

All those students, teachers and principals are using today to learn about the impacts of bullying, how to stamp it out and to “start the chat” with children about preventing cyberbullying and staying safe online.

By taking part in today’s anti-bullying events Australians are sending a loud message that bullying is not OK.

Bullying and cyberbullying affect more and more of our kids and taking part in the National Day of Action sends a message to them that they are not alone and there is help available.

Around half of all students in Years 3 to 5 report some level of bullying and one in five young Australians have experienced cyberbullying.

Our Government is focused on keeping Australians safe and keeping our children safe by delivering the support and resources to combat bullies as well as educating everyone about the impact of bullying.

Today, our Government launches a national campaign across print, radio and TV to raise awareness of online safety, and to help Australian parents, carers and teachers keep children and young people safe online.

The campaign is part of the Government’s $17 million Keeping Our Children Safe Online package announced in December last year.

Anti-bullying resources can also be found at www.bullyingnoway.gov.au, www.esafety.gov.au, www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au and www.beyou.edu.au.

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