Report bullying and harassment

Bullying and harassment affects a person’s wellbeing, health and confidence. 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.

The eSafety website provides more information on collecting evidence for cyberbullying.

Reporting bullying

Cyberbullying - esafety.gov.au

For cyber abuse, image based abuse, and illegal and harmful content follow these steps.

1. Report the incident to the social media service.

2. Collect evidence.

3.  Make a report to esafety.gov.au.

Go to the eSafety website.

Bullying at school

1. The first step is to raise the issue with the school.

2. If you are unsatisfied, contact the Education Department Customer Feedback Unit.

Bullying at university or vocational education and training (VET)

Use the information you noted down about the bullying and harassment to make a report.

University

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 unacceptable behaviour and how to deal with bullying and harassment.

VET

TAFE SA provides information on their website about harassment and bullying which includes how to report it.

Registered Training Providers (RTOs) - find your RTO and visit their website or contact them direct.

Bullying that may be a criminal offence

If you think the bullying involves a criminal offence, you can report the matter to police.

If you feel you’re in immediate danger, contact the South Australia Police on 000.

If you require police attendance, call 131 444.


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