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Respect Matters

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 5 Promote healthy and safe relationships and build gender equitable values through initiatives for children and young people.

What are we doing?

Respect Matters works with teachers, students and families to:

  • build the capability of teachers and school leaders to deliver respectful relationships education, including developing whole of school implementation plans.
  • engage students through peer learning and advocacy to promote respectful relationships messages in authentic and relatable ways.
  • provide families with materials to build their understanding of respectful relationships education, and support conversations with children.
  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $2.8 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund Respect Matters. This is in addition to the $5 million investment in the program under the 2015 Women’s Safety Package.

What have we achieved so far?

Respect Matters resources are accessible on The Good Society website. More than 350 videos, digital stories, podcasts and other materials are freely available for use in all Australian schools. The Good Society also includes classroom resources for students from Foundation Year to Year 12. These materials will provide young people with the knowledge and skills to better communicate with one another, make shared decisions, understand consent, resolve conflicts and engage in positive relationships. The Respect Matters program also provides professional learning modules for educators, available on the Student Wellbeing Hub, and a curriculum connection tool available on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

What is next?

  • Engagement with experts to evaluate the materials that appear on the Good Society website to ensure they are fit for purpose and reflect current experiences and community issues.
  • Development of additional evidence-based resources, such as parent conversation guides, educator training and additional age appropriate materials on consent education.
  • Ongoing scoping of initiatives to promote uptake of respectful relationships education resources.
  • Approaches to market to deliver projects to support the uptake of this project will take place in the second half of 2021.
  • A program evaluation will be undertaken in 2022.

What difference will we make?

  • The intended outcomes for these activities include:
    • increased community awareness of the purpose and content of respectful relationships education
    • increased use of program resources in schools and by families
    • increased reach and impact of the program, especially among priority communities including Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, people with disability and people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
  • Indicators for the performance of the program include:
    • increased uptake of resources measured through website use and resource downloads
    • increased enrolments and completions of professional learning modules
    • increased website activity, including site visits and visibility of related social media channels and posts.

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