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Bullying and harassment

Education Queensland does not tolerate bullying in any form. Bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are abuses of power that jeopardise the rights and wellbeing of others.

These behaviours are seen at school, in the workplace, in the community, at home and in the media. They can affect anyone - students, staff and parents or carers. Everyone must help to make a positive difference.

Education Queensland's school communities are working to make school environments safer, more supportive and respectful for all young people and adults - places where everyone is free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence.

Who to talk to

If bullying, harassment, discrimination or violence is happening at school, it is very important that students report the behaviour to someone who can help.

Here is a list of people who can be approached to discuss bullying and harassment issues.
Primary SchoolSecondary School

Class Teacher

  • Subject Teacher or Home Group Teacher
  • Year Coordinator
  • Behaviour Management Team
  • Head of Department
The school's Guidance Officer
The school's Deputy Principal
The school's Principal
Regional office

Students should choose someone whom they feel they can trust and who can either help them resolve the problem themselves or who can follow the issue up on their behalf.

If the problem occurs outside school hours or students prefer to talk to someone who is not linked to the school, they can phone:
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Lifeline External Link 13 11 14

The Bullying. No way! website

Education Queensland, in collaboration with school authorities from the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and Catholic and Independent sectors, has developed a national website entitled Bullying. No way! External Link to assist Australian school communities create learning environments where every student and community member is safe, supported, respected, valued - and free from bullying, violence, harassment and discrimination.

Based on the understanding that bullying is a shared issue with shared solutions, the website enables school communities, individual students, carers and staff to exchange ideas and useful strategies to achieve this objective.

The Bullying. No way! External Link website is accessed through three portals - one each for students, parents and teachers:

Further information

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This page was last reviewed on 01 Aug 2012

Support Materials

Vodcast1: The nature of bullying and how schools can respond
Duration: 00:16:15

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Vodcast2: Addressing bullying in schools
Duration: 00:17:35

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Vodcast3: Interventions in cases of bullying
Duration: 00:20:53

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Vodcast 4: Three more ways of intervening
Duration: 00:18:48

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Vodcast 5: Working with groups of students involved in bullying
Duration: 00:18:49

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Vodcast 6: Issues with parents and evaluating anti-bullying work
Duration: 00:18:31

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Dr Rigby's report: Enhancing Responses to Bullying in Queensland Schools Adobe PDF document[an error occurred while processing this directive]

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Case Studies: Addressing Bullying in Queensland Schools Microsoft® Word document304K

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