May 6, 2020

Webinar Two: What is the MATE Bystander e-Learning Program?

Thank you to everyone who joined our second webinar this week. It was wonderful to be able to answer your questions in real time and show you snippets of the MATE Bystander e-Learning program. More importantly, we were able to share why we are so excited and proud of what we have created.

Why did we choose go online?


Time and time again, we are asked if our training could be delivered online – so, we listened! We are now offering an online program derived from our in-person programs. Capturing all of the passion, motivation and inspiration you experience from our original training programs, these self-paced e-learning modules can be used to enhance our other training options or employed when face-to-face training may not be an option.

Importantly, our goal was to make sure that it was accessible to more people than ever, while still maintaining the core essence of MATE: to empower bystanders to be someone who does something. To engage every person—regardless of their position, title or level of authority—in a conversation about personal leadership, positive change and violence prevention.

We each have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women and the promotion of healthy, safe and equal relationships. This e-learning program is designed to motivate and empower your people to do what they can to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

Each module is positive and empowering, inclusive and informative. Importantly, they take the user on a journey through the prevention of violence against women by looking at the main driver—gender inequality. Focusing on primary prevention means that the program addresses the broad and prevalent issue of disrespect for women in our culture, thereby allowing the user to recognise the ways they can contribute to the solution to gender-based violence.

Further, the curriculum in our online training is evidenced-based and informed by research from Australia’s leading research centres like ANROWS, AIHW and Griffith University’s Violence Research Prevention Program.

Why should you choose the MATE Bystander e-Learning Program?


We believe that implementing the MATE Bystander e-Learning program as a standard on-boarding and annual training requirement—much like first aid or fire safety training—is imperative. It will contribute to fostering healthy workplace culture, promoting gender equality and contributing to the health, safety and wellbeing of your people. Further, it will ensure you are communicating expectations and your organisation’s position on social justice and violence prevention.

Regardless of who you are, having the language, knowledge, and strategies to address these issues as a bystander, a parent and a human being is vital for us to create meaningful change. When we know better, we do better.

For more information, please visit our training page here.

You can view the recording of the webinar here.