Release type: Joint Media Release


Schools encouraged to take action against bullying


The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister
The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Everyone can take action against bullying, as the Morrison Government urges all schools in Australia to join the fight.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Education have written to schools across the country to encourage students, teachers and school leaders to sign up for the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 15 March 2019.

More than 4,750 schools have already committed to taking action with around 4,650 schools across Australia yet to register.

The National Day of Action is a national movement against bullying and cyberbullying.

Bullying is something we all need to be aware of. It is an issue that is sadly affecting more and more of our kids and everyone in the community can do something about it.

Around half of all students in Years 3 to 5 report some level of bullying and more than 20 per cent are being bullied for two years and more.

One in five young Australians have experienced cyberbullying, according to research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Parents want to know that students, teachers and school leaders have the best tools to deal with bullying and cyberbullying.

Our Government is focused on keeping our kids safe, which means providing support and resources to combat bullies as well as educating everyone about the impact of bullying.

We want to see more and more schools across Australia taking a stand against bullying, and we have already surpassed the two million students who took part in last year’s event. 

Students, teachers and principals can all take action against bullying by registering their school to take part in the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Registrations are now open for schools to become a National Day of Action school and receive new anti-bullying materials and teaching resources.

For more information and to register your school, visit

More anti-bullying resources can be found and