Queensland anti-cyberbullying taskforce

Bullying and cyber-bullying are an issue across the whole community and responses that have a chance to genuinely address bullying must be adopted by the whole community.

Premier Palaszczuk has formed a Taskforce to develop an action plan for Queensland to ensure that all that can be done is done to build an understanding of bullying and support actions to address its insidious impacts across Queensland. 

QTU President, Kevin Bates, is a member of the Taskforce and will represent the views of the more than 45,000 members of the QTU, teachers and principals in schools and TAFE, in the deliberations and the plan that is ultimately developed. As always, the QTU’s contribution will be guided by the wellbeing of students, teachers and principals, and by an absolute commitment to promoting and protecting public education. 

The QTU acknowledges that Queensland schools are already doing a great deal to educate young people about bullying and have developed strategies to manage bullying:

  • More than 800 Queensland schools represent almost one quarter of the total registrations across the country for the National Day of Action Against Bullying on March 16
  • School behaviour plans and codes of behaviour that address bullying and
  • Local responses to bullying developed with and for the school community.

This web page will be updated with additional information as the work of the Taskforce continues.

QTU contributions to the work of the Taskforce will be developed through engagement with QTU members via both QTU democratic structures and Taskforce processes. QTU members who have individual or school contributions to make should provide information via the web form below.

Context

The Queensland Government maintains a zero tolerance for bullying, in particular cyberbullying, and is committed to working with children, parents, schools, communities and experts to address this complex and pervasive issue.

Role of the Taskforce

The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce (the Taskforce) will provide advice and coordination in relation to developing and implementing an anti-cyberbullying framework for Queensland that will bring together children, parents, schools, communities and experts to counter cyberbullying of children and young people up to the age of 25. The Taskforce will work to foster creative community-driven solutions that use contemporary ways of engaging, including social media platforms and multimodal communication. Members will harness grassroots ideas and best-practice research to develop and oversee strategies and initiatives that address the complex causes of cyberbullying in the community. Workplace cyberbullying will be excluded from consideration.

Taskforce members will be key in developing and drawing on community relationships to ensure that everyone can be part of addressing these challenges. Empowering and engaging young people in particular, is a significant part of delivering effective solutions.

Responsibilities will include:

  • develop a proposed Framework for Addressing Cyberbullying (the Framework), presenting recommendations for community and government action to reduce the incidence of cyberbullying, by 31 August 2018
  • advise government on the development of a program of activities under the Framework
  • advise government on resources, best practices and other strategies to prevent and address cyberbullying behaviour in order to provide appropriate training and intervention
  • consult with the Queensland community to gain the insights of those affected by cyberbullying and harness grassroots ideas on ways to tackle the issue
  • educate and engage Queenslanders to create a community that practises positive attitudes and behaviours and promotes a culture of non-violence and respectful relationships
  • act as a liaison point between the community and government to encourage ownership of initiatives.

Composition and Membership

Membership will comprise of up to 16 members including:

-           at least one member with expertise in each of the following areas:

  • education
  • social media/online communication
  • child and youth mental health
  • parenting
  • community groups, such as community sporting or youth clubs

-          an MP nominated by the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition

-          at least three youth representatives.

Additional representatives can be invited to attend to provide advice as required (including those from relevant Queensland Government agencies).

Updated March 2018

If you have suggestions about preventing or responding to bullying, particularly cyberbullying, or would like to share your story, you can email the Taskforce (antibullyingtaskforce@premiers.qld.gov.au).

If you have other queries, you can call the Taskforce staff on 07 3003 9469, 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.


 

Queensland anti-cyberbullying taskforce

Links

National Day of Action Friday 16 March