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

By making a submission you are not making a formal complaint or report of sexual assault or sexual harassment. We will take the information you provide into account in the preparation of our report, however we will not pass on details of specific cases on to police or other services. A list of sexual assault services is available here, if you experience any distress or require any support.

How can I make a submission?

You can make a submission by completing the Submission form in PDF or  Submission form in Word version of the form attached and emailing it to us at universitiesproject@humanrights.gov.au

You can also mail the completed form to us at:

Australian Human Rights Commission
GPO Box 5218
Sydney NSW 2001

In this form, we have provided some questions as a guide for your submission. However if you would prefer not to respond to these questions you are free to respond in any way you choose – either by writing in the text boxes provided in the online form or by emailing us your submission. You do not have to use the form provided in order to make a submission. We are interested in your experiences of sexual assault or sexual harassment at university and you are free to provide this information in any way you choose.

If you would like to make a submission in a way not mentioned here please contact the project team at universitiesproject@humanrights.gov.au or call (02) 9284 9600. This could include making a verbal submission to a member of our team as an alternative to putting it in writing.

How will my submission be used?

Information collected through submissions will be used for the purposes of understanding issues related to sexual assault and sexual harassment at university and may be drawn upon, quoted or referred to in report(s) prepared by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

By providing us with a submission you agree that we may use de-identified extracts of your submission.  Nothing that we use from your submission will allow you to be identified.

If you decide to make a submission, you will be asked to complete a form which will ask you questions about: your personal characteristics (ie: sex, age, gender), your experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment, and your views on the  approaches to dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment at university. Answering these questions is optional. If you do not feel comfortable, or cannot answer, a particular question you can leave the response blank.We will ask for your name and email address in case we need to contact you about your submission. We will not publish this information or provide it to anyone.

The Commission’s submission policy provides further information on the use, publication and access to submissions. The submission policy is located at: www.humanrights.gov.au/submission-policy.

Support services

Making a submission about an experience of sexual assault and/or harassment can be distressing. If you decide to make a submission but find that either during or after completing the submission, that relaying the experience(s) of sexual assault and/or harassment is causing you distress, you can access counselling support through:

  • 1800RESPECT (24/7 national sexual assault and domestic and family violence counselling service);
  • Your university’s on-campus counselling service;
  • Local sexual assault service/rape crisis centre.

A list of these services is available here: www.humanrights.gov.au/list-sexual-assault-services.

If you want any further information concerning this project or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the project, you can contact the Commission by email: universitiesproject@humanrights.gov.au or phone: (02) 9284 9600.

If you would like more information about sexual harassment, or you would like to make a complaint of sexual harassment to the Australian Human Rights Commission, you can contact the National Information Service:

Phone: 1300 656 419 or 02 9284 9888
Email: infoservice@humanrights.gov.au
Fax: 02 9284 9611
Online: Enquiry form
TTY: 1800 620 241 (toll free)
National Relay Service:1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) or www.relayservice.gov.au
Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450 or www.tisnational.gov.au
You can also make a complaint online at www.humanrights.gov.au/complaints/make-complaint

Police Contacts

If you think a criminal sexual offence may have been committed and you want to make a complaint, you may like to contact the police in your state or territory.

A list of police sexual assault contacts in state and territory police departments can be found here.

If you would like to speak to a counsellor about the possibility of going to police, please contact 1800RESPECT or one of the other services available here.