Training and Resources

The University of Newcastle offers a variety of training opportunities for students and staff, continuing to foster our capacity as an organisation and community to facilitate a safe and respectful environment.


Available to all students

The Consent Matters course covers the areas of sexual consent, communication, relationships, and bystander intervention. It is designed to help you understand how to seek consent, how to recognise consent, and how to identify situations where consent cannot be given.

It is compulsory for all students of UON to complete this course. Access is provided via UONline .

This engaging and interactive workshop explores the ways we navigate our intimate relationships.  The workshop will give you a practical framework to negotiate consent ethically and be more mindful of your own needs and those of your partner.

This workshop will empower you to be in respectful and safe relationships – and is relevant whether or not you are sexually active.

In a three-hour workshop session you will:

  • Understand the ethical negotiation and communication of consent
  • Learn the laws around consent, sexual assault and harassment, and the use of digital media
  • Learn how to be an ethical bystander.

Workshops are run by demand. To register your interest in attending, please contact Counselling services.

(Available to UON Student Living residents only)

Brent Sanders, a former police officer, first presented at Student Living in 2015 on the recommendation of current residents who had attended his seminar while at school. Brent’s presentation, delivered to gender-based groups, provides insight and advice into consent and sexual misconduct with a particular focus on the law with the aim of educating attendees about their rights and responsibilities. His seminar is consistently rated highly by new residents.

For further information

Available to all staff and students

The SBS Inclusion Courses are online inclusion education courses designed to build your capability around inclusion and diversity. They have been developed by SBS and partnering agencies such as International Education Services, Multicultural NSW, ACON, Queensland Workforce Equity and Inclusion Team, Carbon Creative. The available course for University of Newcastle students and staff are:

Students can access the modules though Blackboard. Staff can access the program through UON Discover.

Available to staff and student leaders

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence is a course available to all university staff and student leaders. This interactive and comprehensive training empowers staff and student leaders to manage disclosures of sexual assault and sexual harassment, providing them with the skills to respond appropriately, empathetically and confidently.

Student Leaders can access Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence though UONline.

Staff can access this course through UON Discover.

Staff who are not employed as counsellors can often find themselves placed in an impromptu counselling role as part of their day-to-day work with students, or when responding to a range of requests. This short practical course equips people with practical counselling skills to face issues that can arise when helping others in both their personal and professional life.

Accidental Counselling provides a safe, supportive and confidential space in which to help a student or colleague to look at problems they are facing, in a non-judgmental way. The course also aims to provide up to date information on internal or external services and resources to direct students/peers.

Students may request access to this course. Please contact Counselling Services for further information.

Staff can access this course through UON Discover.

The ALLY Network aims to create a more inclusive culture at the University by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer, asexual, agender, aromantic; + other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTIQA+) and their related issues.

The Network also offers professional development and training to staff and student leaders who are prepared to advocate on behalf of members of the University’s LGBTIQA+ community.

Contact the Equity and Diversity Coordinator to register your interest


The University of Newcastle Support Networks

Campus Care

Campus Care provides a service that creates a safe environment for everyone at the University. It provides a central reporting avenue if you have experienced an incident of harm, feel threatened, or are concerned about another person’s wellbeing.

University of Newcastle Personal Support Services

It doesn’t matter what stage of study you’re at or what issue you’re facing, we can find the services to help.

Some of the services available include access to bulk-billed medical services, free counselling, and staff and systems to support specialist and identified areas.

Dean of Students and Office of Student Advocates

Providing free and confidential assistance in navigating the rules and regulations of the University, Student Advocates and the Dean of Students can support you in negotiating academic decisions, adverse circumstances and appeals, misconduct allegations, applications of remission of fees, and academic issue resolution.

University of Newcastle Sexual Assault and Harassment Support Services

You can find links to both general University support services and specialised external support services here. These services are available to both domestic and international students.

NSW Rape Crisis 1800 424 017

NSW Rape Crisis is the 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW – men and women – who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault and their non offending supporters.  You can also find details for your local service on the website.

University of Newcastle Counselling Services Tip Sheets

What is sexual assault and where can you get help?; Education Centre Against Violence.

The booklets are free to download and provide information about adult sexual assault, counselling, how to use interpreters, and the role of Sexual Assault Services and how to get help. Available in 9 different languages.

What is Sexual Harassment; Youth Law Australia.

Mutual consent is essential for fun, enjoyable, and safe sex. It means giving your free and voluntary agreement to sex. It is never ok for someone to assume you have given consent or to force you to keep going if you want to stop.

Consent Matters

It’s simple: Sexual consent is given when someone says ‘yes’ to sexual activity – including kissing and touching.

Consent and Sex

Family Planning NSW explains what consent means, why it’s important, how to know if someone has given their consent, recognising non-verbal communication, ways to slow things down or stop altogether.

Let’s talk about Consent

Created by New York University Students and Alumni

Consent – Do you get it?

Brought to you by The Line, and an initiative of the Our Watch

Consent and Relationships; Emma Black, Rise Above

What is image-based abuse?

The eSafety Commissioner provides reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders of image-based abuse.

What is image-based abuse?

The eSafety Commissioner provides reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders of image-based abuse.

What is sexual assault and where can you get help?

Developed by the Education Centre Against Violence. The booklets are free to download and provide information about adult sexual assault, counselling, how to use interpreters, the role of Sexual Assault Services and how to get help.

They are available in 9 different languages : Arabic, Hindi, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

University of Newcastle International students sexual health support

Information on sexual health and safety for international students, including multi-lingual factsheets and video resources.

Your Body, Your Choice

Factsheets by Redfern Legal Service, developed in conjunction with the City of Sydney and Study NSW.

The fact sheets are available in 11 different languages: English, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese – simple, Chinese - traditional, and Thai.

Equity and Diversity Coordinator

The Equity and Diversity Coordinator is available for consultation to develop and implement equity and diversity strategies across the university; support for student initiatives to promote inclusion; and advice on where to go for student support.

Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

In Australia it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a number of protected attributes including age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation in education and employment.

Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is an independent third party which investigates complaints about discrimination and human rights breaches.

Racism. It Stops with me

Supported by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Racism.It Stops With Me, provides research and information, and educational resources in combatting acts of racism.

All Together Now

An independent, secular, non-partisan nor-for-profit working to raise awareness through the delivery of innovative and evidence based projects that promote racial equity.

Gender and Sexuality Support at the University of Newcastle

You always have the right to express who you are and feel comfortable and safe within your sexuality.

Gender and Sexual Diversity Resource List

A language guide: Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion

Developed by ACON, this guide explains key terms and offers examples of language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for trans and gender diverse communities.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.