Friday the 16th of March is 2018 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. This is a day for school communities to take a stand together, and demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.
The Australian government is getting behind this initiative, in response to growing concern about the devastating impact of bullying on children and teens. This week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham wrote a letter to every principal in the country, urging them to join the national effort against bullying and violence in schools.
And the spotlight isn't only on schools - in recent weeks attention has been turned towards abuse and harassment occurring within Australian universities.
It is clear that bullying is now on the national agenda.
So where do we go from here?