....restorative practices and behaviour management solutions


David is the Director of Behaviour Matters, a business based in Melbourne, Australia dedicated to assisting schools and organisations get the best out of what they do. David believes that by improving the way people relate to each other in the work place is vital because behaviour matters. As a recognised world leader in the development of restorative practices David is able to assist schools and organisations to be at the cutting edge in their field.  David is an accredited Restorative Justice Facilitator with AARJ (Australian Association for Restorative Justice) and is a member of the AARJ Committee.

Workshop approach
His style is engaging, humorous, and honest, and he uses practical examples and storytelling to guide the way. His wide experience and knowledge of school organisation and management culture means that he can apply best practice to policy and processes resulting in increased learning outcomes, safer schools, and improved relationships.

Experience and knowledge
David is a well-known presenter with extensive experience in the area of behaviour management both nationally and internationally. He has highly developed skills as a facilitator, trainer, and presenter and is widely recognised as an international expert on restorative justice and behaviour management. He has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practice into schools in Australia and internationally. David is an experienced counselor and mediator including high level management of critical incidents and school based trauma. David has over 30 years of experience working with teachers and students in a variety of diverse educational settings undertaking and developing a wide range of roles including his recent work in Singapore, China and Brazil.

International experience
David’s capacity is highlighted by his work over several years with the Singapore Ministry of Education training Guidance Branch Officers and the staff of pilot schools as one of the first Restorative Practice initiatives in Singapore. He has presented workshops on Mental Wellbeing and Restorative Practice to the International Mental Health Professionals Japan and facilitated a range of Cyber Safety and Bullying workshops for international schools in the Tokyo area. After working in Brazil for several years mixing teaching and training for international schools he returned to Australia in 2011 to establish Behaviour Matters. He is a published author in the area of restorative justice in schools and has written papers on links with restorative practice and the International Baccalaureate.

David has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education in Counseling and Adolescent Development. He is a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

He is proud to be a committee member of  of the Australian Association for Restorative Justice: www.aarj.org.au/