Australian PM launches anti-bullying organisation

Australian PM launches anti-bullying organisation

Australian PM launches anti-bullying organisation

Posted 16 March 2013, 16:37 AEST

The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has officially launched a new national organisation set up to combat bullying.

The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has officially launched a new national organisation set up to combat bullying.

The Bully Free Australia Foundation has been established to protect children and teenagers from bullying and support those who have fallen victim to bullying.

Ms Gillard says the work done by organisations such as this, will ensure Australia is successful in its fight against bullying.

"It truly is a very great honour for me to be here and to declare the headquarters of the Bully Free Australia Foundation officially open," she said.

"I know we are all going to be truly amazed by the work that happens from this place."

On Friday the Australian Government rewarded 15 schools around the country for their student-led anti-bullying strategies.

Each winning school received $5,000 and assistance to produce a video about their initiatives to share with other schools.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett made the announcement as part of the third annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.