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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 will work 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.

What have we achieved so far?

The Respect Matters program was established with an investment of $5 million under the 2015 Women’s Safety Package. The program has developed a range of respectful relationships education resources, including an online learning platform with programs for students from Foundation Year to Year 12, professional learning modules for educators to be hosted on the Student Wellbeing Hub, and a curriculum connection tool that will be added to the Australian Curriculum website. The Respect Matters materials will be freely available for use in all Australian schools and are expected to be released later in 2019.

What is next?

  • Project scoping and consultation with key stakeholders is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019, followed by approaches to market to deliver projects.
  • The first annual reporting data for this initiative will be due in the second quarter of 2020.

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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