We are committed to creating a healthy, safe and respectful culture that embraces and celebrates the diversity of our community of students and staff.
This means we strive to ensure our learning environments (on campus and online) are free from bullying, discrimination, harassment and sexual violence, instead working together to deliver an inclusive environment where every individual can succeed in their study or work.
If you, or someone you know, has been affected by an incident of sexual assault or harassment, support is available.
Consent, in this context, means freely and voluntarily agreeing to sexual activity. It also means taking responsibility for ensuring the other person is comfortable and agrees to engage in sexual activity with you. If someone is manipulated, threatened or forced into sex, or any sexual activity, or they are so intoxicated that they don’t know what is going on, then they are NOT consenting.
Each and every time you engage in any kind of sexual activity, you must have the other person's consent. Never assume that a person is consenting because they have previously said yes, because of the way they act or dress, or for any other reason. Consent can be withdrawn at any time during a sexual encounter.
As a student you have the right to feel safe and secure at all times and to be able to fully participate in all aspects of uni life. We will support students who report sexual harassment or sexual assault. There are internal and external options available. You will find some suggestions and resources to assist listed on this page.
Our Counselling team are ready to talk to you about any aspect of sexual assault, sexual harassment or family violence. Keep in mind you can report past incidents, online incidents, on behalf of someone else and anonymously.
We will work with you to identify the specific support you need. This may include counselling and support with academic matters such as applying for special consideration. We can also connect you with additional services such as health, housing and legal assistance.
When you report sexual assault or harassment we will take a person-centred approach, which means we will respect your privacy and how you want to deal with the matter. If we believe there is a risk to the broader community, we may need to use the specific information you provide to protect others. At all times, we will inform you how we use the information you provide.
We will investigate the complaint but we cannot make decisions about whether a crime has occurred. Instead we might determine that the Student or Staff Code of Conduct has been breached. Sometimes, if you have also made a report to the Police, we will be asked to suspend an internal investigation so as not jeopardise any criminal investigation. If this happens, we will let you know.
If you are 18 or over, we cannot report the matter to police on your behalf. If you decide to report the incident to the police, we can support you. The police have specialist staff who are trained to deal with reported sexual offences.
If you are under 18 years of age, we must report sexual offences and misconduct to the police.
Remember, if you’re in immediate danger, call 000.
Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence counselling phone and webchat. Free 24/7
1800respect.org.au or 1800 737 732
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia 1800 424 017
Online support for male survivors of sexual assault
Lifeline is a national charity providing anyone experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.