Media Centre

For all media queries and interview requests relating to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and National Centre Against Bullying, please contact Deborah Morris at or 0450 784 847.

Key statistics:

  • The Foundation has helped more than 2 million children over the past 20 years
  • 1 in 5 Australian children reported being bullied in the past 12 months
  • More than 75,000 Buddy Bags have been distributed
  • More than 2,300 schools across Australia are currently participating in the eSmart Schools program.
  • More than 75% of Australian libraries are registered for eSmart
  • More than 230,000 Australian students are learning how to be smart, safe and responsible withe 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
  • Sandra Craig - Manager National Centre Against Bullying/Senior Advisor Bullying
  • Jeremy Blackman - Senior Advisor Cybersafety, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • Judi Fallon - Manager, Schools Programs, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Click here for more information on our spokespeople.

Media releases 2018

19 March 2018 - $2.3 billion bullying burden to follow Australian school students

7 February 2018 - Victorian Government $2.5 million funding to keep students safe online

6 February 2018 -
eSmart Schools is the best solution to combat bullying, says new national television campaign

Media releases 2017

12 December 2017 - Cricket stars sign on as charity’s Big Bash League Ambassadors

11 December 2017 -
Prime Minister pays tribute to 20 years of keeping children safe

20 November 2017 -
Foundation welcomes domestic abuse survivor as new Ambassador

03 October 2017 -
Our gun laws must stay strong to keep our community safe

15 August 2017 -
Our agreement around firearms must not be eroded

7 May 2017 -
$1 million announced for Cubby House

30 April 2017 -
Walter Mikac and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation celebrate 20 year anniversary in Tasmania

17 March 2017 -
Tasmania stepping up action on bullying in schools

6 February 2017 -
Time for Business to Connect

27 January 2017 -
 Will Foundation link work its magic for Sixers’ Brad Haddin?

18 January 2017 - 
Police boss and IT pioneer join Foundation Board

16 January 2017 - PM’s cricket XI teams with Alannah & Madeline Foundation

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