Sexual and gendered violence of all forms is a pervasive reality in today's world.

Being in the education sector, universities have a unique opportunity and responsibility to effect social change and eliminate sexual and gendered violence in our society. These behaviours, values and beliefs are discordant with our values and codes of conduct. It is our legal and moral obligation to ensure everyone at UNSW feels safe and is treated with respect.

The Sexual Misconduct Portal allows anyone to report an incident of sexual assault or harassment, whether you have been directly affected, are a witness to an incident or a support person. Reports can be made anonymously and will remain confidential unless specifically stated by the person reporting.

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There are many people and services who can help you along the path to recovery from experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault. If you are not sure what to do - you can talk to someone from one of the free and confidential services.

At UNSW we provide annual, comprehensive training sessions for students and staff to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct both on and off campus.

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UNSW First Responders are students and staff who are trained to offer you confidential support. They understand that reporting sexual misconduct can be difficult and will provide you with guidance and support. Should you choose to make a formal report, a UNSW First Responder can help you or they can complete the report on your behalf. 

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What is sexual misconduct?

Behaviour that amounts to sexual assault or sexual harassment is not accepted at UNSW. If you are a student or staff who has been affected by sexual misconduct, here is information about the support and reporting options available inside and outside of UNSW. 

While there is increased conversation about sexual misconduct many of us don’t know how it occurs, what to do if it does, and how we can prevent it. Here are answers to some common questions.

In 2021 UNSW was the first university in Australia to publicly publish annual report on the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct. The latest report shares information including the number of reports of sexual misconduct made, the prevention and response strategies in place to support our community, and the levels of participation in relevant training.

Consent matters, each and every time. Everyone, no matter who they are, or where they come from, has the right to be respected and have autonomy over their bodies. Affirmative consent is a legal requirement in NSW as of 1 June 2022. Find out more about consent and how to ask for it.

In 2016, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) carried out the first ever National Student Survey to understand the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities. The second survey was conducted in 2021 and results are now available.

UNSW recognises the problem of gendered violence in universities and is committed to playing a part in changing this and making UNSW a safer place for all. View UNSW's Gendered Violence Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2025.

The Australian Human Rights Commission examined the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, the drivers of this harassment and measures to address and prevent sexual harassment.