National Week of Action

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is now a National Week of Action. From 12 to 16 August 2024, help us to promote Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative and connect schools and communities to find workable solutions to prevent bullying.

The 2024 theme, ‘Everybody belongs’, is about embracing who we are, respecting everyone's differences and standing up together against unkindness. When we all feel like we belong, bullying struggles to find a place.

We encourage schools to register for the National Week of Action. The week gives schools and supporters flexibility to plan activities that suit their schedule to promote inclusion, respect and belonging, whether it's spreading awareness throughout the week or focusing on 1 impactful day.

Research has shown that strong school community connections and social skills are protective factors in the prevention of bullying and enable positive help-seeking behaviours in students.

What is bullying?

Bullying is when someone with more power than you deliberately and repeatedly tries to upset or hurt you. It can involve one or more of the following:

  • the misuse of power in a relationship
  • is intentional, ongoing and repeated
  • behaviours that can cause harm.

Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. Bullying can be easy to see (overt), or hidden (covert). Cyberbullying is online bullying that involves the use of technology such as the internet or mobile devices.

The department’s Inclusive Practice Hub resource can help guide conversations to show students how they can respond positively to online hate and where to seek help to prevent harm. Students can also learn to be an upstander and help a friend who is being bullied. You can also refer to the Anti-bullying webpage and Universal Resources Hub - Anti-bullying collection for more support in the prevention, early intervention or response to bullying behaviours.

Once registered to participate in the National Week of Action, schools will be provided with resources, suggested activities and communication to help them deliver in-school learning. If you have already registered, you should have already received these resources.


The eSafety Commissioner partnership

The eSafety Commissioner offers free professional learning programs for teachers to support educators and those who work with young people to integrate online safety into their programs and student wellbeing planning. Professional learning includes:

  • Webinars (NESA accredited)

  • Other webinars (not accredited)

  • Staff meeting series

  • Online modules for lower primary teachers

More support and teaching resources can be accessed at Classroom resources | eSafety Commissioner.

Cybermarvel resources

As a part of the department’s Cybermarvel Online Safety Awareness program, we have collated resources for teachers. A small section is relevant to addressing cyberbullying in schools.

Educators can use these as they see fit for their students.

Further information

You can access more information here:


  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
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