Aussie school students are some of the world’s most bullied

Data compared from 24 countries in 2022 found that Australia ranked second-worst for bullying, behind Latvia.
A global education report has shown high rates of bullying in Australian schools compared to other similar countries.

A global education report has shown high rates of bullying in Australian schools compared to other similar countries.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) compared data from 24 countries in 2022. Australia ranked second-worst for bullying, ahead of Latvia.

However, ACER said national bullying rates have declined since 2018.


ACER, an official partner organisation of the UN, analysed data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

PISA tests around 700,000 15-year-olds from 81 countries. It assesses that age group because 15 is when most students around the world are nearing the end of their compulsory education.

ACER examined results from 24 of the 81 participating countries.

Global findings

ACER found Latvia, Australia and New Zealand had the top three highest reported bullying levels.

Korean students reported the lowest levels of bullying. Japan and the Netherlands also reported low rates.

Compared to data from 2018, reports of bullying decreased in every country in 2022.


ACER also analysed 2022 data from over 13,400 Australian students.

It found around one in every 16 school students reported being physically bullied in 2022.

Nearly one in five Australian students said they’d been made fun of at school, while one in ten reported having rumours spread about them or being purposefully excluded.

This number was higher among First Nations, female, and regional students.

Federal Government

In the latest Federal Budget, the Government committed $4.2 million to anti-bullying initiatives across the country over the next four years.

The Department of Education describes bullying as “a critical issue in Australian schools, particularly as young people live and learn in an increasingly complex digital world”.

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