Safe Schools

The Safe Schools program helps create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTIQ+ students by providing resources and professional development to principals, teachers, and school communities.

  • Tier: 
    • Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
    • Tier 2: Early Intervention and Cohort Specific Support
  • Type of intervention:
    • Bullying prevention
    • Support for diverse cohorts
  • Strength of evidence: Registered professional
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

The Safe Schools program helps schools foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ+) students.

The program recognises that creating a safe and inclusive environment is key to tackling bullying and harassment and preventing suicide and self-harm.

Schools choose from a range of evidence-based and age-appropriate information, resources and professional learning to help them prevent, and respond to, bullying and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

It is primarily a program for principals, teachers and school communities.

Intended outcomes

  • Create a safe and inclusive school environment
  • Prevent bullying, discrimination, self-harm and suicide for LGBTIQ+ students

Program details

Target audience
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerDepartment of Education
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: School communities, including principals and teachers.
  • Program adaptability: Schools have the discretion to use as many or as few of the resources, training materials, and other support that the program offers to help them deliver their commitment.
  • Staffing: Backfilling is not required. 
  • Training requirements: Professional development and training for teachers forms part of the program.
  • Australian experience: This program was created for the Australian education context.


  • Item cost: Free
  • Detailed cost: Free