The topic of sexual violence can trigger traumatic memories for survivors. Survivors have the right to talk about their experiences on their own terms. If you sense that a survivor needs additional support, contact the national hotlines:
1800 572 224 The National University Support Line
24/7 trauma specialist counselling available for those affected by sexual violence.
24/7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service. Free and confidential. Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) and ask to speak to a trauma counsellor.
If you are a survivor and would like to reach out to other university students and supporters:
END RAPE ON CAMPUS (EROC) AUSTRALIA
EROC Australia works to end sexual violence at universities and residential colleges through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, state, and federal levels.
If you want to make a complaint in relation to an incident:
AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (AHRC)
The AHRC can investigate complaints regarding sexual harassment and discrimination at universities, and attempts to resolve complaints through conciliation.
STATE & TERRITORY ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BODIES
Complaints about sexual harassment can also be made to local state / territory anti-discriminatory bodies. Links to each state and territory body can be found at
Where a survivor believes that a university has acted unfairly or otherwise mismanaged a sexual violence case, they may be able to make complaints to an Ombudsman office.
Complaints about public universities and higher education providers can be made to the relevant state/territory Ombudsman. Links to each state and territory body can be found at
International students at private higher education providers can make complaints to the Overseas Students Ombudsman.
TERTIARY EDUCATION QUALITY AND STANDARDS AGENCY (TEQSA)
TEQSA is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector. There may be circumstances in which a survivor, university womens officer or other student representative can make a complaint about their university to TEQSA, who monitors higher education providers’ compliance with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) and a set of quality standards, known as the Threshold Standards.