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 million children over the past 20 years
  • 1 in 4 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
  • Judi Fallon - Connect Facilitator, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Click here for more information on our spokespeople.

Media releases 2018

23 November 2018 - Girls take over Parliament to protest image-based bullying

8 May 2018 - National children’s charity to support Dolly’s Dream

18 April 2018 - New Cubby House provides a safe place for children at Melbourne Children’s Court

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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