Bystander Anti-Racism Training, Workplace Assessments and Education Packages

The Challenging Racism Project Team offer a range of services to assist organisations in identifying and responding to issues of diversity and anti- racism in a range of sectors including corporate, government, sporting and education.

Our packages can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders in promoting best practice in managing and promoting diversity. Each package focuses on understanding and identifying racism as well as evidence based strategies to counter racist incidents that take place in personal, work and public settings. The packages are based on leading research and carefully developed with years of training and facilitation experience.

Bystander Anti-Racism Training

Bystander anti-racism is action taken by ordinary people in response to incidents of interpersonal or systemic racism.

Our Bystander Anti-Racism Training packages are designed to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders in addressing and preventing challenges that can arise when diversity is not well managed. The training focuses on understanding and identifying racism as well as evidence based strategies to counter racist incidents that take place in personal, work and public settings. The training has been developed using empirical research findings from bystander anti-racism training conducted by the Challenging Racism Project (see Anti-Racism Training Projects).

Training on bystander anti-racism action:

  • Unpacks understandings of race and racism
  • Instructs on forms of bystander action
  • Develops bystander anti-racism skills
  • Generates bystander anti-racism confidence

We can provide:

  • Videos and resources for use on organisational websites
  • Face to face training with experienced facilitators (1 or 2 days)
  • Support for developing anti-racism strategies
  • Evaluation of training 

Evaluation services

We can provide research and evaluation support with:

  • Evaluation framework and method
  • Advice on surveys, interviews, focus groups, audit tools
  • Evaluation analysis, reporting  & recommendations

Workplace diversity and anti-racism assessments/audits

We can provide assessments/audits of workplace practices, policies and procedures in relation to diversity and anti-racism practice. Including:

  • Organisational profile
  • Diversity planning and resources
  • Inclusive communications
  • Human resources processes and diversity
  • Data collection and monitoring
  • Support regarding the development and implementation of action plans

Tailored applications

Along with All Together Now, a not-for- profit organisation, the University of Melbourne and Deakin University, the Challenging Racism Project developed the Everyday Anti-Racism app.

Everyday Racism was the first mobile app of its kind designed to challenge understanding of racism, allowing participants:

  • a 7-day challenge to improve knowledge of racism
  • to immerse themselves in a new environment and face daily scenarios
  • to test limits and overcome fears of speaking up

The app was awarded second place in the world for a 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award, sponsored by BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations (UNAOC). The app was also one of three winners of the PEACEapp prize 2015, awarded by the United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations (UNAOC).

Together with our partners, we can provide:

  • Tailored applications for particular settings (education, public transport, young people)
  • Training for app usage
  • Evaluation

Schools package

We also have a suite of anti-racism training packages and resources tailored for the school community and teacher professional development including:

  • Racial literacy training for teachers
  • Bystander anti-racism training and resources
  • Speakers/workshops for students
  • Assessments/audits of school policies, procedures and practices supporting cultural diversity and anti-racism.

All of our programs and services are tailored to meet your needs and priorities.

Cost of Anti-Racism Training, Evaluation and Audit Packages

Estimates or itemised quotes can be provided on request dependent on organizational requirements. Packages can include:

  • Face to face and email consultations to determine organization requirements.
  • Development of training presentations, resources (including facilitator and participant packs) and train the trainer packages (optional).
  • Evaluation of training impact (pre and post training surveys) including written report and recommendation of findings.
  • Conducting audits or workplace assessments on diversity issues.
  • Follow up resources and support.

More Information

To date, our services have been engaged by Western Sydney Wanderers Community Coaches, Department of Human Services, Oxley Park Primary School and a number of university departments within Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and UNSW Australia (see Anti-Racism Training Projects).

Please see the below pdfs outlining details of our Bystander Anti-Racism Training Packages and Workplace Assessment tools:

  1. CRP Anti-Racism Training Packages (PDF, 492.21 KB) (opens in a new window)
  2. Organisational Assessment Brochure (PDF, 268.38 KB) (opens in a new window)

To discuss further details regarding how our training or assessment services can be tailored to your organisation, please contact the Challenging Racism Project Team via phone on (02) 4736 0914 or by email


The Challenging Racism Project at Western Sydney University has been influential in shaping research and thinking on anti-racism. The Australian Human Rights Commission's 'Racism. It Stops with Me' campaign, our national anti-racism initiative, has drawn on the findings of the project. I can attest that Professor Kevin Dunn and Western Sydney University are leaders in the field – in theory and in practice.

Dr Tim Soutphommasane
 Race Discrimination Commissioner
 Australian Human Rights Commission

The 2015 Western Sydney University's Bystander anti- racism pilot project successfully demonstrated the positive effects of an institution engaging with its staff at a grass roots level. In particular the staff workshops run as part of the project produced positive results in the evaluations that followed. Attendees' attitudes towards and understanding of racism markedly improved after attending the training. At Western Sydney University, equity and inclusiveness are part of our strategic values and engaging with our staff through mechanisms like the bystander anti- racism training help to cement that strategic direction and deliver positive outcomes on the ground.

Dr Sev Ozdowski AM
 Director, Office of Equity and Diversity
 Western Sydney University

Western's 'Challenging Racism Project' conducted bystander anti- racism training for our 10 community coaches working across the Wanderers programs in November 2014. The coaches were successfully trained in developing skills and strategies to counter racism that could be exchanged among children participating in Western Sydney school football clinics. We co-developed effective messaging that "racism is not okay"' and how children and adults across Western Sydney should take a stand against racism by not getting involved in bad behaviour, respecting differences in people and cultures and not calling other people names. Our news story featured Wanderers player Yianna Perkatis and received excellent exposure..

Josh Hunter
 Community Engagement Manager
Western Sydney Wanderers FC