The first National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was held on 18 March 2011 and continues to grow every year. Take a look at highlights from previous years.
photo gallery to see the vibrant and creative activities in schools across Australia. The
National Day of Action Facebook page also has stories, images and videos from activities held throughout the country on the day.
The seventh National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was held on Friday 17 March 2017. Over 840,965 students from 1,810 schools across Australia united to take a stand together against bullying and violence.
For the 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Australian schools were
invited to take part in the Embracing 2018 Stars School Challenge to weave stars in support of the One Million Stars to end Violence Project. 340 schools pledged more than 136, 000 stars that will contribute to a public art installation of one million stars during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Our new animations and lesson plans 'Bullying is NEVER OK!' and 'Our special superpower' were well received, with schools sharing them with students, parents and their community to initiate positive conversations about what to do if you are being bullied or if you see bullying happen.
It was great to hear what schools did to promote the National Day of Action with students participating in :
- Teaching and learning activities
- Pledge walls
- School assembly presentations
- Buddy mentoring
- Star weaving.
Schools that participated in the 2017 NDA school survey agreed that the National Day of Action is an important initiative to continue to deliver a powerful message that bullying and violence are never OK.
The sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was held on Friday 18 March 2016. Schools across the nation joined together to take a stand against bullying and violence.
The day involved 2062 schools and more than 931,000 students standing together with their school communities. Numerous non-schools organisations also participated in and supported the day.
As Australia's key anti-bullying event for schools, the National Day of Action provided a day for communities to connect in a broad discussion about how we can all work together to address bullying and violence.
The day brought about a unified message to 'take a stand together' and highlighted the many anti-bullying activities happening in schools across the country. Visit the
photo gallery to see the wonderful images from schools from the day.
Schools had access to a wide range of new downloadable materials and resources for whole-school and classroom activities.
The 'Talking about bullying classroom discussion starters' were developed for teachers as part of the campaign, but can be used all year round. These 20 minute activities supported students to explore their ideas about bullying, and talk about what they can do about it individually and as a school community.
To raise awareness about addressing bullying in schools and create behavioural change, the anti-bullying message has to go beyond local school activities. Join the National Day of Action Facebook page to be part of the conversation.
Thank you to everyone involved.
On the fifth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence schools across the country took the opportunity to engage their school communities to promote and share their initiatives to counter bullying. 890,046 students and 1958 schools participated on the day.
In feedback, schools told us that the National Day of Action achieved positive levels of effectiveness particularly in:
- promoting their schools’ anti-bullying messages (99%)
- promoting safe and active bystander behaviour (95%)
- enabling ongoing anti-bullying activities (96%)
- enabling the inclusion of anti-bullying activities in teaching and learning (93%)
- engaging the whole school community’ (94%)
It was also great to hear that 97% of schools view the National Day of Action as important in reducing bullying, with 63% of schools making participating in the National Day of Action part of their school annual policy/plan.
Schools also let us know that they would like materials that appeal more to older school students, a refreshed look and feel to the campaign, and more resources and information to run interactive and shorter classroom activities and lessons.
"We involved the entire school, parents, office staff—everyone. All staff prepared lessons on the theme and the students contributed to the child friendly version of the anti-bullying policy."
The fourth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence saw more than 2,170 schools and 962,000 students across Australia participating on the day.
That’s 26% of students across the whole of Australia!
It was also the first year for the National Day of Action Facebook page.
In feedback survey, schools told us their most popular activities were:
- teaching and learning activities and lessons
- assembly with school presentation
- student engagement in policy or practice related to bullying, and
- student performance and events.
Schools also told us that the National Day of Action was highly successful and effective in:
- promoting the school’s anti-bullying messages
- promoting safe and active bystander behaviour
- enabling ongoing anti-bullying activities
- enabling the inclusion of anti-bullying activities in teaching and learning, and
- engaging whole school community.
Almost all schools (99%) that took part in our feedback survey said they were satisfied with the 2014 National Day of Action in engaging the school community and promoting the school’s anti-bullying messages.
Over 1400 schools across Australia participated in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Friday 15 March 2013.
highlights of the 2013 National Day of Action.
This was the first year that schools could register online and tell us about their local activities. This was also the first year that we invited schools to give us feedback. 281 schools completed our online survey.
Schools said the 2013 National Day of Action campaign provided just what they wanted, and they wanted more of the same in the future, with more information, more school resources, more promotional materials.
"The National Day raised whole community awareness. Our focus is on bystander behaviour and that is an ongoing roll out process for our school."
As well, schools told us the campaign was:
- effective in engaging the school community and promoting the school's anti-bullying messages (99%)
- important in reducing bullying in their school (98%, with 69% rating it as 'very important')
- effective in promoting safe and active bystander behaviour (98%)
- supported by useful information, particularly the Bullying. No Way! website (98%)
- engaging for students, particularly the posters (97%) and wristbands (93%)
- helpful in ongoing student learning, with effective and easy to use lesson plans on the role of active and safe bystanders (97%).
In 2012, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence encouraged parents and families to 'take a stand together' with school communities, focusing on the important role everyone plays.
Some of the many schools who took part in 2012 sent their
inspiring stories (DOC, 23KB) to Bullying. No Way!
"The National Day of Action engaged the students and the wider community in discussions about bullying and violence."
The inaugural National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 18 March 2011 introduced 'Take a Stand Together' as a call to action by schools across Australia.
Bullying. No Way! released the
Take a Stand app for students, the avatar building activity with social network connectivity, a range of downloadable materials for schools, and information for students and parents about how to be a safe and active bystander behaviour.
National Safe Schools Framework (PDF, 2.6MB) for Australian schools was also launched.