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National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is an annual event that supports schools to work with their school communities to find practical and lasting solutions to bullying and violence. The event is held on the third Friday of March every year.

The NDA gives schools the opportunity to:

  • promote bullying prevention initiatives
  • raise awareness of how to prevent and respond to bullying
  • showcase the bullying prevention work that happens throughout the year
  • highlight steps taken to create inclusive school communities that are safe from bullying
  • share how they take action and empower children and young people, staff, families and the community to be part of the solution
  • send a clear message that bullying is not accepted within the school gates and beyond.

How schools got involved in 2022

The 12th National Day of Action was held on Friday 18 March 2022.

Theme: kindness culture

In South Australia, schools were encouraged to consider ways students can lead bullying prevention activities.

Funding for South Australian government schools and preschool

Following the success of last year, the Department for Education again provided funding to nearly 400 eligible South Australian government schools and preschools to celebrate the 2022 National Day of Action and support their bullying prevention efforts. These schools and preschools received a payment of $500 towards activities that will occur throughout the school year.

South Australian government schools and preschools can find more information about how they can access this funding on the intranet (staff login required). Non government schools are encouraged to contact their sectors to explore opportunities available.

Funding for student-led bullying prevention projects in South Australian government schools

To celebrate the 12th National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, South Australian government schools could apply for funding of up to $5,000 for projects that support student participation in bullying prevention.

Student participation in bullying prevention

The state government’s Bullying Prevention Strategy (PDF 5.3MB) recognises that children and young people must be active participants in efforts to address bullying.

In recent years we have partnered with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia to empower students to lead bullying prevention initiatives within their schools.

Here are some examples of previous student projects.

Christies Beach High School

Students worked with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia to build their knowledge about bullying and bullying prevention. They created a video about bullying aimed at students transitioning from Year 7 to Year 8. The video focused on how to seek support if students experienced bullying and promoted the school’s response to bullying.

The group researched and explored existing bullying prevention videos and then completed a storyboard and project brief. They worked with a professional media company to film and edit the video, which used students as actors.

Nuriootpa High School

Students worked together over the year to create projects that increased knowledge about bullying, raised awareness and supported student participation.

Peer Support Leaders in the school consulted with Year 8 students about bullying. The school also ran a teacher and parent survey. Peer Support Leaders analysed the information available and developed 2 presentations about bullying – one for students and one for teachers. The presentations were handed over to the new Peer Leader group at the start of the following school year.

Valley View Secondary School

The project group worked with school staff to review Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC) data on bullying and to share their perspectives on bullying at the school.

The group created banners for each of the school’s houses as their values align with bullying prevention messages. The group planned and ran a school-wide competition to design posters for each house.

The student group also informally reviewed the school’s anti-bullying policy and processes for responding to bullying. This helped to create a storyboard and script for a video promoting the school’s approaches to preventing and responding to bullying.

Register with 'Bullying, No Way!'

Each year thousands of schools across the country register their participation. You can register your school too.

This is a visible statement of your school’s commitment to keeping children and young people safe from bullying.

See the Bullying. No Way! website for more information.

Other awareness raising events for schools

Harmony week

Harmony week  celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Some schools choose to combine the National Day of Action with Harmony week activities. This is how they recognise that an inclusive school culture that values diversity is an important strategy to prevent bullying.

It occurs annually from 15 to 21 March. 21 March is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

National reconciliation week

National reconciliation week  is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

It occurs annually from 27 May to 3 June.

Safer internet day

Safer Internet Day is an international day to promote safer and more responsible use of digital technology. In Australia the day is led by the eSafety Commissioner .

It occurs annually on 8 February.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au