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Bullying of children and young people

Bullying is something done deliberately against a person or group of people to upset or hurt them or damage their property, reputation or acceptance by others. Bullying can be in person or online and can be obvious or hidden.

Other than for workplace bullying, there is no specific anti-bullying law or an offence of bullying or cyber bullying in South Australian or Commonwealth legislation. However, there are a range of criminal laws and civil laws which may be relevant in circumstances where bullying is occurring or has occurred.

The following sections set out these laws.

Bullying of children and young people  :  Last Revised: Mon Oct 28th 2019
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