Abstract submission portal now closed. The conference program will be launched on or before 14 December.

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a 30-minute oral presentation; a poster presentation; or a workshop presentation which addresses one or more of the conference topics. The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Conference Topics

Reducing Harm

  • Protecting the vulnerable
  • Inclusion and belonging
  • Bystander Social Responsibility
  • Peer support


  • Bridging policy and application
  • Workplace design
  • Psychological safety
  • Emotional & social wellbeing
  • Training and awareness
  • Strategies in dealing with a harmful culture

Schools and Universities

  • Friendship practice – primary, secondary
  • Intervention protocols and strategies
  • Workplace design
  • Education for parents and students
  • Implementation of guidelines

Important Dates

  • Abstracts close: 16 November 2018
  • Notification to Presenters: 30 November 2018
  • Presenter Acceptances Due: 7 December 2018
  • Draft Program available: 14 December 2018
  • Presenter registration due: 14 December 2019
  • STAAR Awards close: 1 February 2019
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: 8 February 2019
  • Full Papers for Non-Peer Review: 8 March 2019

Perpetrator Behaviours & Solutions

  • Identification of harm i.e. social dominance, aggressive behaviour
  • Restorative practices
  • Covert & subtle victimisation
  • Identity based or bias based bullying, persistent behaviour
  • Technology, implications

Advocating Change

  • Culture change and boundaries
  • Steps toward change, programs
  • Restoration and healing of relationships

Implications of Bullying, Harrassment & Discrimination

  • Financial burden to schools and workplaces
  • Mental wellness, harm prevention
  • The Law and consequence
  • Confidence, finding courage to gain support

Presenter Registration

Note: Presenting authors for oral and poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted registration is offered for all presenters.

Presentation Types

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the exhibition area and for the duration of the conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.


Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their presentation is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is 14 December 2018.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in conference material, including but not limited to, the conference blog, book of abstracts, email promotion.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.

All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the conference secretariat for further information