Safe Schools Coalition Australia

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) is the first national program funded by the Australian Government aimed at creating safe and supportive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people by reducing homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination in schools.

The coalition consists of young people, teachers, principals, schools, service delivery partners, youth organisations, parents and governments who want to create a positive culture of diversity and inclusivity and create change in their community.

The Foundation for Young Australians has developed the SSCA and works with state and territory education providers and service delivery partners to implement the program. Schools, teachers, young people and their families have access to resources, training and support to help challenge discrimination and create safer and more inclusive educational environments.

The SSCA aligns with the National Safe Schools Framework which assists Australian schools to develop safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.

Review of Safe Schools Coalition Australia resources for schools

An independent review of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) program resources has been undertaken.

This review advised on the extent to which the program resources are consistent with the intent and objectives of the SSCA program and are used appropriately in schools.

It examined whether the program resources were age appropriate, educationally sound and aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The review also examined the extent to which parents and school communities are consulted about the use of these resources.

Professor Bill Louden led the independent review. Professor Louden is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia.  He was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia from 2009-2013 and Dean of Education from 2006-2008.

The Terms of Reference are available.

The Review Report from Professor Louden is now available.

Minister Birmingham has released a media statement responding to the Review findings. The Minister’s recommendations are being implemented.

Enquiries regarding the review can be made via the Departmental website enquiry form