SHINE SA Safe Schools

Note: This program ceased operating on 29th June 2018. All enquiries after this date should be directed to Department for Education, Engagement and Wellbeing team on 8226 2069 or email

SHINE SA Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative is a Department for Education and Child Development funded program dedicated to making schools safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

This initiative provides specialised training and support to equip teachers to ensure gender and sexually diverse students are safe and reduce bullying.

Australian research shows that young people are still experiencing high levels of homophobia and transphobia in our schools, and that teachers are often unsure of how to respond and what actions to take. There are simple ways schools can proactively reduce related prejudice and discrimination, and ensure students feel safe, valued and connected to their school community. This is essential for all students for health, wellbeing and ongoing engagement in education.

This program takes a whole school approach to support all staff to understand their role in creating safe and inclusive learning environments. It goes beyond the classroom to look at school policy, practice, the school environment and student leadership opportunities.

There is a range of free support available for all schools across all education sectors including:

  • resources and posters
  • consultancy and support
  • tailored professional development
  • guide to kick starting your safe school

Many South Australian schools are successfully supporting gender diverse and transgender students to be their true selves at school. SHINE SA Safe Schools can provide advice and support to help schools who may be unsure of what they can and should do to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for gender diverse and transgender students.

Guide to supporting a student to affirm or transition gender identity at school

If you are a student, parent or school staff member and want to find out more, get your school involved, take action or access free posters and resources, register your interest in SHINE SA Safe Schools or contact us on the details below.

Kelly Treloar, SHINE SA Safe Schools Project Officer or (08) 8300 5328

Please click here to access the Membership Form.

Click here for a full list of available courses.


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