....restorative practices and behaviour management solutions
 Welcome to the Behaviour Matters website

Behaviour Matters is an organisation located in Melbourne, Australia with a focus on
improving and sustaining positive relationships in schools, businesses, and community organisations.

Behaviour Matters was established by David Vinegrad in 2004 with the aim of providing a range of
services that assists organisations deliver on being safe and productive workplaces
where behaviour matters.   


 If your core values are about transforming conflict and disciplinary
issues into opportunities for organisational and personal growth and
accountability, then please 
consider our range of services.

Behaviour Matters can provide a range of training options for your school including:
  • Introductory seminars on all aspects of restorative practices & Positive Behaviour for Learning
  • Full staff training in the building of an integrated whole school model of discipline & student managment
  • Blending of relational approaches including SWPIBS, Restorative Practices, Positive Education,
    Trauma Informed Practices, Assertive Discipline etc.
  • Tailored programs to address the needs of your organisation that responds to soft and hard data
    and strategic planning and school improvement outcomes.
Whole school and individual classroom based workshops including:

Restorative Practice, Circle Time and Behaviour Management workshops to teach
values and concepts 
of accountability, responsibility, relationships and social/emotional education.

Restorative Practices can help your classroom, school and organisation to: 

  • Promote and strengthen relationships to improve learning and productivity
  • Take a proactive approach to prevent conflicts, tensions and disciplinary problems
  • Improve communication among students, families and staff
  • Promote a greater sense of belonging and reduce days lost to suspension/exclusion/illness
  • Reduce and minimize bullying behaviours, workplace harassment, and increase inclusion
  • Support challenging students and their families with academic and social issues
  • Build classroom management that is participatory, democratic and focuses on problem solving



We tailor workshops offering schools best practice in addressing current issues in education.

We can help your organisation review and develop Discipline Policy and Responses to managing
conflict and 
wrongdoing with approaches based on recognising that relationships in schools
emerge as the main protective factor against violence and harmful behaviour.


Businesses and community groups may also see the benefits of adopting restorative approaches
to all matters relating to workplace conflict, interpersonal tensions and protection of social capital.

One of the many benefits of this approach is a new framework and language to guide us in how we
think about and manage our own behaviour as leaders and how we can guide others more
productively in their professional behaviour.

Organisations such as sporting clubs and neighbourhood groups where relationships have been
harmed and the organization threatened by mistakes, misunderstandings, and wrongdoing, may benefit
from mediation and restorative approaches when seeking ways to move forward.

Maphuce_EQ_Symbol.JPGThe Behaviour Matters logo is the ancient symbol of the Mapuche people who are a group of indigenous inhabitants of
south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina.  The intersections on the circle represent the four points of the compass and the four seasons.
The symbol represents the importance of equilibrium in the lives of the Mapuche people and for Behaviour Matters, the importance of
equilibrium in healthy relationships.