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Statement by Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Attributed to a departmental spokesperson:

  • Content on The Good Society website was created by experts and reviewed by a Resource Review Group of subject matter experts.
  • Community members, teachers, and school leaders were also consulted to ensure the content was engaging for students and consistent with community standards.
  • The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will continue to work with experts and stakeholders to update and refine content as required.
  • There are over 350 materials on the website aimed at teaching general principles of respectful behaviour that can be applied in many situations. Materials are in line with national curriculum.
  • Content on The Good Society isn’t compulsory. Teachers and schools will ultimately decide which resources are appropriate for use in their individual classrooms, in the context of their school environment, and in consultation with parents/carers as appropriate.
  • Parents can also use the materials to help discuss these issues with their kids at any age – noting they are the most important people in teaching about respectful relationships.
  • The responsibility for promoting respectful relationship requires a whole of community commitment. That is why the Government has taken a comprehensive approach to prevent violence against women and children through the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, of which the Respect Matters program is one element.
  • Since 2013, the Australian Government has allocated a billion dollars to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. This includes investment to support the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, $20 million for the 1800 RESPECT line and $18. 8 million for the Stop it at the Start campaign.