A familiar face: violence in the lives of children and adolescents

This report uses the most current data to shed light on four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence.
Case study

Turning the tide on bullying and poor workplace cultures: case studies

These case studies demonstrate that while workplace bullying can come in many different forms, there are a number of common approaches that have been successfully employed to help turn the tide on bullying in the workplace and improve workplace cultures.

Parliamentary inquiry submission on workplace bullying and harassment: results from the Australian Workplace Barometer

Our research has revealed that risk factors for bullying exist at many levels, and claims arise for numerous reasons, not just due to bullying behaviour. Psychosocial safety climate acts as a leading indicator and also buffers the impact of bullying on worker wellbeing. Ongoing surveillance...

Bullying and harassment in Australian workplaces: results from the Australian workplace barometer 2014/15

Bullying was measured using both a widely accepted international definition and the Australian definition used by Safe Work Australia. The prevalence rates using the international and the Australian definitions were similar: 9.7 per cent and 9.4 per cent of Australian workers respectively reported they had...

Free2Be?: Exploring the schooling experiences of Australia’s sexuality and gender diverse secondary school students

This report details the findings from a nationwide survey of sexuality and gender diverse Australian secondary school students.

Defence abuse response taskforce: final report

Executive summary The Taskforce was established on 26 November 2012 to assist complainants who had suffered sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual harassment and workplace harassment and bullying in Defence prior to 11 April 2011. Ministers have recently extended the operation of the Taskforce from 1...

Cultural change: gender diversity and inclusion in the Australian Federal Police

Overview On 22 August 2016, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin released this report, following an independent review of the organisation by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick. The report followed extensive consultation with more than 1,000 AFP members over the past six months. A number of...

The prevalence and effectiveness of anti-bullying strategies employed in Australian schools

Executive Summary The report examines the prevalence and effectiveness of anti-bullying policies being used in a convenience sample of Australian government schools in six state or territory educational jurisdictions. It has drawn upon the perceptions and experiences of a range of stakeholders, that is, schools...

Prevention of workplace bullying through risk assessment

In order to provide more detailed guidance to organisations regarding the risk management of bullying, this project took a fresh approach to understanding the organisational risk factors. First, we examined objective measures of job and organisational factors that may predict the likelihood of bullying at...

Bullying and harassment in the health sector

Overview This audit examined the effectiveness of the health sector in preventing and responding to inappropriate behaviour including bullying and harassment.

Respectful relationships education: violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools

The Department engaged VicHealth to review respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools resulting in the Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools report. The report provides guidance on good practice criteria required to achieve violence prevention and respectful...
Briefing paper

Cyberbullying of children

The Internet, mobile phones, and other technological innovations have become entrenched in Australian life. These technologies create far-reaching benefits for youth. Nevertheless, these technologies have also introduced a tranche of online bullying behaviours known as cyberbullying, adding to the longstanding challenges associated with traditional school...

Bullying: final report no. 22

The TLRI has released Final Report No 22, Bullying. The Report considers what role the law should play in responding to all types of bullying behaviours, including cyber-bullying, and questions whether the current legal regime in Tasmania can provide appropriate redress for victims. The Report...

From insult to inclusion

This report presents a comprehensive regional review focusing specifically on the issue of bullying, violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE). The report details the extent of the problem in Asia-Pacific, the impact of this type of abuse, and...

Preventing youth violence: an overview of the evidence

Twenty-one strategies to prevent youth violence are reviewed, including programmes relating to parenting, early childhood development, and social skills development. Executive Summary Violence is defined as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person or against a group that...

Draft report to the college on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

This draft report reflects the findings and feedback from five major pieces of work commissioned by the EAG in 2015, all of which are published on the College website and include quantitative, qualitative and organisational research. The research found that: 49% of Fellows, trainees and...

Location, vocation, aspiration: findings from mission Australia’s youth survey 2014

Mission Australia’s latest report considers the findings of their annual youth survey in relation to the socio-economic status (SES) of the area in which people live.
Audio interview

Transgender children know identity from a young age and need more support

In Queensland there's a growing push for better understanding and support for transgender children in the education system. Parents of children who identify as gender diverse have now formed a support group in hopes of gaining better treatment and thereby reducing bullying and mental illness...

"It's who we are" Stories of practice and change from PB4L School-Wide Schools

This report summarises the findings from case studies of seven schools that are part of the Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L-SW) initiative. Schools were selected for their effective practice. In this report, commonalities and differences in practice are summarised, and key themes are illustrated...
Discussion paper


This issues paper examines the adequacy of current legal frameworks in Tasmania that are potentially able to address bullying behaviours, including cyberbullying. It considers reform options including the creation of a criminal offence of bullying, the extension of the functions of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and...