2012 NCAB Conference outcomes

The conference recognises that bullying is a relationship issue and requires relationship solutions. Bullying is a complex social issue and needs an integrated, whole-of-community response. 

The six-point conference resolutions called for the following actions to be developed and implemented consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: 

Change - Community attitudes and behaviours

Create a major social change in attitudes and behaviours so that bullying will cease to be acceptable in a more tolerant and inclusive society. 

Build - Young people's skills and competencies 

As part of the national curriculum, build awareness and capabilities of young people to engage in mutually respectful and ethical behaviours on and offline. 

Invest - Vulnerable young people

Invest in research and appropriate interventions to address the issue of bullying involving vulnerable young people including GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex), SEN/D (special education needs and disabilities), indigenous and cultural minorities. 

Involve - Parent involvement in bullying and cybersafety

Government to work in partnership with media and community groups to increase parent involvement in the issue of bullying and cybersafety including their role and responsibilities, via a range of school, home and community-based strategies and through the media.

Share - National legal framework

Lawmakers to take shared responsibility for the development of a consistent national legal framework to define boundaries, which is designed to promote and set age and incident-appropriate responses to bullying, cyberbullying and related offences.

Promote - Digital world positive opportunities

Governments, media, industry and the community to promote the positive opportunities from the digital sphere and the benefits they can bring to our children and young people.