Cyberbullying is an important concern for all schools and as a community we all have a role to play in helping children have safe and enjoyable experiences online.


The 2016 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on Friday 18 March. This is a key anti-bullying event for schools and communities to help deliver the powerful message that violence and bullying will not be tolerated.

In support of the National Day of Action, the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner ( will be hosting free Virtual Classrooms—a series of interactive presentations to help students understand and manage cyberbullying and communicating online.

For more information about National Day of Action please visit


Recently the Labor Opposition released a plan to restrict future negative gearing opportunities.  The policy would not affect any existing investments.  It would apply only to new investments after July 1, 2017.  Nor will it affect investments in new homes or units after July 1, 2017.  So no one with existing investments would be affected.

The policy has two objectives.  First, it is a savings measure which will free up money for health, education, roads and telecommunications.  Remember, seventy percent of the benefits of negative gearing goes to the highest ten percent of earners.

Second, it is designed to stimulate the construction of new housing which adds to the housing stock and gives young people a better chance of buying their first home.


The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is providing communities across Australia and New Zealand with a chance to host the $175,000 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy and racing identities in their towns and cities.

Tenders have opened for the 14th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, which will see the coveted trophy travel across Australia and New Zealand, bringing communities together in celebration of the 'People's Cup'.

Through this year's Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour the VRC will enable many more communities the
opportunity to be part of the Cup's rich cultural narrative in a very special way. The Cup truly uplifts communities wherever it goes.

To nominate a town or city visit All tender forms need to be completed online and before 5pm AEST Monday 11 April 2016.

Since 2003, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour has travelled more than 456,000 kilometres to 333 towns and cities, providing communities with a once-in-a-life opportunity to experience firsthand the magic of one of the world's greatest sporting events.


The CommBank Staff Community Fund is awarding $2 million in grants of up to $10,000 each to youth-focused organisations nationwide. If your organisation has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, you may be eligible to apply at before 28 March 2016.

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