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Resources

This page provides resources to support organisations, schools, students and advocates in opposing racism and contributing towards a more inclusive society. You’ll find toolkits to help put better systems in place, lesson plans for teachers, as well as videos and other content to help you learn more about racism and hear from those who experience it.

Sharing some of this content on social media can help raise awareness.

Toolkits for Organisations

Anti-racism content and merchandise

We've created a Supporter Toolkit, which includes anti-racism material for use on social media, as well as posters and templates to help you create your own campaign resources. You can download these assets and publish them to across your own communications or social media channels. 

We can help your organisation create customised posters to place on noticeboards in your workplace. Email antiracismsecretariat@humanrights.gov.au to find out more. 

Your organisation can also order Racism. It Stops With Me merchandise to distribute to staff, clients and partners.

Reconciliation within your organisation

Reconciliation Australia provides professional learning resources to build staff awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, and contributions. It can also help your organisation develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. https://www.reconciliation.org.au

Strategies for social harmony

The Challenging Racism Project, led by Professor Kevin Dunn at the University of Western Sydney, provides practical strategies that organisations can adopt to oppose racism and promote social harmony.
Challenging Racism

Lesson plans for teachers

Take a stand against racism

This unit of work is designed to equip young people to take a stand against racism in their schools and communities by valuing diversity and encouraging others to do the same.

In this unit, students explore issues of racism and its impact on people from diverse backgrounds. They also consider the ways in which they can value diversity within the community and celebrate the different cultures represented within schools and the wider community.

Students will explore ways to address racism and how to take action against bullying and harassment based on race, culture or ethnicity.

Year: Years 5 and 6 (10-12 years)
Subject: Health and Physical Education
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability

Australia as a nation – race, rights and immigration

This unit of work explores Australia’s development as a nation throughout the 20th Century with a particular focus on the changing experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

In this unit, students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the impacts of racism and discrimination, investigate the racist and anti-racist actions of citizens and governments, and learn about the lives of ethnic and cultural minorities in Australia.

Year: Year 6 (11 years and up)
Subject: History
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding
Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture

Tackling racism in Australia

This unit of work encourages students to think about diversity, particularly in relation to people, groups and their cultures, to affirm and celebrate difference and to use their understanding of diversity to act with respect, empathy and trust.

In this unit, students explore the impact of discrimination and harassment on individuals, their family and friends and the wider community. Students learn to identify racial discrimination, racial harassment and racial vilification as unlawful acts, which undermine safe, respectful environments for all.

Building on learning activities in the unit, students develop strategies and actions for celebrating diversity and taking action against racism.

Year: Years 9 and 10 (14-16 years)
Subject: Health and Physical Education
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture

The Globalising World

This unit of work investigates how migration from 1945 to the present day has shaped Australian society. In particular this unit focuses on the impacts of changing immigration policies and the development of human rights and anti-racism movements in Australia.

In this unit, students investigate how racist values in the past have shaped important historical events and developments. Students will also critically analyse how changing attitudes to migration and multiculturalism reflect greater inclusiveness in Australian society.

Year: Year 10 (15 years and up)
Subject: History
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding
Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

School learning resources

Anti-racism education for Australian schools

This website provides a hub for information and resources that schools can use to combat racism in a learning environment. It’s managed by the NSW Department of Education but is useful for schools all over Australia.
Racism No Way

Racism: Civics and Citizenship classes for high school teachers

Teaching resources produced by the ABC for years 6-10, covering themes including cultural identity, history and truth-telling, racism, resilience and reconciliation:
The Australian Dream

Learning resource to help challenge racism

A guide produced by SBS for teachers to facilitate mature, constructive conversations about racism in classrooms.
Challenge prejudice and bust stereotypes

Professional development for teachers

The NSW Department of Education has produced a range of anti-racism and multicultural professional development programs for teachers. It has also produced additional resources for schools, students, staff and community members:
Development resources for teachers

Anti-racism education app

A learning resource to support teachers in using an anti-racism education app, intended for students in years two and four.
All Together Now

For early childhood educators

Songs and activities for pre-schoolers

A toolkit for early childhood educators to foster cultural diversity and help young kids respond to prejudice. It includes lyrics and music for a song, as well as other age-appropriate activities.
Building Belonging Toolkit

Community service announcements

As part of the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a number of community service announcements to spread the message that racism will never be tolerated:

Truth telling videos

Listening to the stories of Indigenous Australians and people of colour matters. Their experiences provide important insights into the impacts of racism, and what needs to be done in order to achieve change.

Sharing these videos on social media helps raise awareness.

Stan Grant’s landmark speech about his Indigenous heritage and his place in Australia.

Cally Jedda’s TedX talk about the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The documentary, The Final Quarter tells the story AFL player Adam Goodes, who challenged racism on a national stage.

Responses from Indigenous Australians to questions about their experiences of racism in Australia.

SBS has also produced a landmark series about the colonisation of Australia, told from the perspective of Indigenous Australians. It’s called First Australians and it provides important insights into Australia’s history.

Advocacy videos

What you say matters, featuring Brothablack:
Hip-hop video about opposing racism in the schoolyard:

What does my headscarf mean to you? | Yassmin Abdel-Magied
An excellent video about unconscious bias:

Give Nothing to Racism
A light hearted New Zealand campaign opposing racism:

The Doll test
Poignant Italian video showing the psychological effects of racism on children: