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Our Watch statement on the Australian Government’s Respect Matters education resources

April 16, 2021 / Our Watch media team

On Monday 14 April, the Australian Government launched new online resources to help school students learn about safe, healthy and respectful relationships, including issues around consent and peer pressure.

More than 350 videos, digital stories, podcasts and other materials are available free to teachers, students and families throughThe Good Society  website, as part of the Respect Matters program. 

As part of a confidential process, Our Watch was consulted between late 2017 and early 2019 when the materials were being developed and provided advice. We have not been asked to use or endorse the materials subsequently.  

Our Watch advocates for a whole-of-school approach to violence prevention education that addresses the gendered drivers of violence.  

Our Watch has piloted a whole-of-school respectful relationships education approach in Victoria (primary and secondary schools) and Queensland (primary schools).  This approach works to create sustainable change across the whole school and has significant international and national evidence supporting it.    

It includes supporting staff through professional learning and having a long-term vision and commitment.   

Importantly, a best-practice approach addresses the drivers of gender-based violence, such as challenging gender stereotypes in teaching materials, role-modelling in the school, and through structural and culture change.  

Our Watch is open to working with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to align the resources to the current evidence base and the framing of this work within the whole of school approach. 

Further information about Our Watch’s work on respectful relationships education can be found here: education.ourwatch.org.au

Media contact

Laurelle Keough, Media and Communications Manager, Our Watch: 0448 844 930 / 0425 701 801 or laurelle.keough@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change.

About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms and structures that lead to violence against women and children.

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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