Date: 
Monday 19 December 2016

The Australian Human Rights Commission is undertaking a project on sexual assault and sexual harassment of university students. This work includes:

  • a National university student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment; and
  • an open call for submissions on sexual assault and sexual harassment at university.

National university student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment

Australia’s 39 universities have asked the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct an independent survey of university students to gain greater insight into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

This survey is an important part of the university sector’s Respect. Now. Always. campaign to prevent and address sexual assault and sexual harassment.

This survey is the first of its kind and will provide clear data and evidence on the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities. It will also examine the effectiveness of services and policies that address sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.

The survey will be conducted in the second half of the year on behalf of the Commission by Roy Morgan and will be delivered online to students at all 39 Australian universities. The Commission will work closely with student unions and universities to implement and publicise the survey.

Submissions on sexual assault and sexual harassment at university

In addition to this survey, the Commission also is seeking submissions from university students about their experiences and views of sexual harassment and sexual assault. To find out more about making a submission please click here

Submissions closed on Friday, 2 December 2016. If you would like to contact us about an extension of time, please email universitiesproject@humanrights.gov.au.

It is expected that the Australian Human Rights Commission will present a report on the survey in late 2016 or early 2017.

For further information, please email: universitiesproject@humanrights.gov.au or call: (02) 9284 9600. Please register your interest to be kept up to date about the National Survey.

If you have experienced sexual harassment, you can make a complaint to the Commission. If you have experienced sexual assault, please see here for a list of sexual assault services throughout Australia or call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

 

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