Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families. It is funded by the Australian Government and, in Victoria, by the Victorian Government.
The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is the national convenor of Safe Schools Coalition Australia and has partnered with experienced organisations in every state and territory to directly support schools. Visit Contact Us for who is in your state or territory.
All Australian schools value the health and wellbeing of students and agree that bullying of any kind is harmful and should not be accepted. Across religions and cultures there is a shared belief in the right of all people to be safe, happy and healthy and to be treated with dignity and respect. This is not possible for students and staff in a homophobic or transphobic school environment.
With government and community support, we are assisting hundreds of schools across the country in their efforts to actively promote safety, diversity, inclusion and respect for the whole school community. This includes working in partnership with government and independent schools, schools in diverse geographic locations, and faith-based schools.
In joining up as a member and accessing free support from this program, principals and their schools are taking positive steps to ensure they have the information and help they need to respond to homophobic and transphobic behaviour and to actively create inclusive school policies and practices – in and out of the classroom. Read more about what we do.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia builds on the work of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, funded by the Victorian Government since 2010. Safe Schools Coalition Victoria was originally a joint initiative of FYA and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria.
The work of Safe Schools Coalition Australia supports the vision of the National Safe Schools Framework to build safe school communities where diversity is valued, the risk from all types of harm is minimised and all members of the community feel respected, included and supported. We aim to ensure that this vision is realised for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students in all Australian schools.
Why we support schools
Research tells us that thousands of young people across Australia experience homophobic and transphobic behaviour, discrimination and isolation in schools. These experiences have serious consequences for their health and wellbeing, attendance at school and academic achievement.
Research has also established that a supportive and inclusive school environment is essential for all students to be healthy and happy and achieve their potential.
You can read more about research in this area from material made available on our resources page.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of all country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, elders and cultures.
We commit to working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may experience the compounding effects of racism, homophobia and transphobia and who all have a right to be safe, supported and celebrated in all their identities.