Media Centre

For all media queries and interview requests relating to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and National Centre Against Bullying, please contact Deb Morris at or 0450 784 847. For any other enquiries call 03 9697 0666.

The Founder, Walter Mikac, and the Chief Executive Officer, Lesley Podesta are the authorised spokespeople on behalf of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

Key statistics:

  • The Foundation has reached more than 2.3 million children over the past 22 years
  • 1 in 5 Australian children reported being bullied in the past 12 months
  • More than 85,000 Buddy Bags have been distributed
  • More than 2,300 schools across Australia are currently participating in the eSmart Schools program.
  • More than 80% of Australian libraries are registered for eSmart
  • More than 230,000 Australian students are learning how to be smart, safe and responsible with the eSmart Digital Licence


Our spokespeople can provide expert comment and media briefings on a number of specialist topics, including child safety and wellbeing, bullying, cyber bullying and cyber safety.

  • Lesley Podesta - Chief Executive Officer, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

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