Reporting bullying and harassment
Bullying and harassment affects a person’s wellbeing, health and confidence and the ability to study and participate in learning activities. If you are unsure if you have been bullied or harassed, read more about what constitutes bullying and harassment.
Preparing to make a report
Before you make a report write down as many details as you can about the incident. This will help you to recall details and make it easier to answer questions when you lodge your report.
Take notes about:
- what happened
- when it happened
- where it happened
- who was involved
- who saw it happen.
If a website or mobile phone was used as part of the bullying, it will help with tracking and blocking people engaging in the bullying behaviour if you can:
- save messages and details of the senders - if you are the person who was bullied and you don't want to keep reading the messages, ask someone you trust to save them for you
- provide information about which websites or social networks were used
- provide the name of your internet service provider or mobile phone provider.
Where to make a report
If the bullying is happening at school, or involves students from the school outside of school, you should let the school know the situation. Gather the information you have from your child to share with the school. The bullying and harassment support page provides more information for parents and caregivers about bullying and harassment at schools.
Training providers and universities
Use the information you noted down about the bullying and harassment to make a report to the training provider or university.
TAFE SA provides information on their website about harassment and bullying which includes information on how to report it.
The University of South Australia has a student complaints resolution policy that provides information to students on their options and how to report discrimination and harassment.
Flinders University has a no bullying at Flinders policy that advises staff and students on how to report bullying and where to get support and further information.
Adelaide University provides information about fair treatment and how to deal with unfair treatment such as bullying and harassment.
Bullying and harassment includes activities that are against the law and should be reported to the police. these include producing or broadcasting child pornography or suicide materials, blackmail, racial vilification, and unlawful operation of a computer including e-crimes.
Police officers have the power to confiscate a mobile phone or computer if an image held on the device may be used as evidence of a crime. Such devices may be kept by the police until the action comes before a court.
Website administrators and mobile phone providers
If the bullying occurred online you can usually make an abuse report or contact the system administrator or service. Even if the bully cannot be identified, they can usually be blocked from the service.
Cyber safety contact centre
Phone: 1800 880 176