The 2019 Survey

The 2018 Survey

The 2017 Survey


Seven News Sydney - reported by Freya Cole. Localised to include briefing of 100 new NSW principals with NSW Education Minister.

ABC 702 Drive with Richard Glover - Live interview with Philip Riley at 5:20pm


The Conversation - detailed analysis by Scott Imig, University of Newcastle

Mouths of mums - The inexcusable abuse your school principal suffers

The Age - Principals facing high rates of violence, bullying in schools: survey

Sydney Morning Herald - Prinicpals facing high rates of violence, bullying in schools: survey

The West Australian - Education Reporter, Bethany Hiatt

The Herald Sun - Education Reporter, Ashley Argoon

The Canberra Times - Education Reporter, Emily Baker

The Adelaide Advertiser - Education Reporter, Tim Williams

Daily Mail - Principals regularly experience bullying & assualt

Australian Associated Press - article by reporter Georgie Moore, extensive pick-up


The 2014 Survey


ABC News Breakfast



SBS World News



The Project,  7pm Company Pty Ltd and Network Ten Pty Ltd



Print - Trade

Education HQ
The report is out and the verdict is in: the role of Australian principals needs a drastic redesign.

The Educator
Australia’s principals continue to experience high levels of stress and burnout across all three sectors, the latest annual survey into principal health and well-being shows.

Education Review
Australian principals are burnt out and embroiled in conflict, yet somehow still love their jobs. This was revealed in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education’s seventh annual Australian Principals Health and Wellbeing Survey Report, released today.


Principals in firing line of violence (The West Australian)

School principals attacked by pupils, threatened with violence by parents (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Newcastle Herald, The Examiner)

School principals face threats and bullying from parents and students (The World Today - ABC News)

Report finds rise in angry adult threats (Bendigo Advertiser)

ACU research finds one in four principals has been threated by parent or student (The Courier Mail)

Principal target of parent attacks (Adelaide Advertiser)

Teacher threats on the rise (Townsville Bulletin)

Principal abuse grows (Burnie Advocate)

Principals in pain (Central Queensland News)

It's parent rage in the school office (Daily Telegraph)

Pressure on our school principals (Daily News Warwick)

Abuse of school principals on the rise (Education Review)

Support needed for abused principals (The Advocate)



Principals face increased violence (ABC Radio National - mp3 file)

School principals face threats and bullying (The World Today - ABC News - transcript)

Interview with Philip Riley (1377, MyMP - with Glenn Ridge)

Interview regarding the survey and high burnout levels (2GB, Sydney Afternoons with Chris Smith)



Teachers Education Review - Episode 23 main feature "Dr. Phil Riley talks about the Principal Wellbeing Survey and workplace stress in schools".


The 2013 Survey


Bullies, threats and violence: who would want to be a school principal? (The Conversation)

Principal stress must be addressed (The Greens)

School principals face high levels of violence and intimidation (The World Today - ABC)

A matter for (P-plate) principal (The Age)

Principals often victims of violence in schools (Sydney Morning Herald and 134 affliated publications nationally)

School principals bullied and assaulted by parents (Courier Mail)

Survey finds school principals stressed and over-worked (Gladstone Observer)

Parent patrol: Mums and dads go wild (Sunday Herald Sun)

Blitz on bully parents (Sunday Times)

Parents are worst bullies (Townsville Bulletin)

Principal violence alarming (Border Mail)

Research reveals threats to principals (Southland Times, Southland)

Principals face more violence (Waikato Times, Hamilton Waikato)


The 2012 Survey


What happened to common respect? (2UE)

School Principals (ABC - Radio National: Life Matters)

Study reveals that principals are coming under increasing attack - and it's parents who are lashing out (ABC News Radio)



Principals' Well-being Survey (The Queensland Principal)

Leaders in fear of school violence (The Advertiser)

Rising load emerges as a principal concern (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times)

Violence threat to school heads (The Age)

School principals victims of workplace bullying (ABC)

Violence on job more common for principals (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, 7 News, 9 News, Brisbane Times)

Violence more common for principals (BigPond, Sky News)

Violence rife in WA schools (The West)

Principals risk assault (Indaily)

Violence increasingly common (Generation Next)

Principals suffer workplace violence (Occupational Health News 960)