National Student Safety Survey now open

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

As an institution, University of Newcastle is committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault and harassment.

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There is an important conversation happening around Australia about sexual assault and sexual harassment, consent and respectful behaviour. Together, our student community and staff can continue to play a leadership role in shaping and informing this conversation, and we want everyone to be able to participate safely and respectfully.

The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) makes an important contribution to student safety, collecting data on the scale and nature of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Social Research Centre (SRC) is running the NSSS on behalf of all Australian universities to help us understand what is happening on our campuses, and what we need to do to support all students.

This is the second national survey run by the university sector. It is a central part of our commitment to reduce sexual assault and sexual harassment under the Respect. Now. Always. campaign.

A cohort of 10,000 students have been invited to participate in the survey via email and it run from Monday 6 September to Sunday 3 October. This is a random sample of our student community, which means some of you will be invited to participate in the survey and some will not.

If you are invited to participate in this survey, we encourage you to do so. Our university’s work to address and respond to sexual violence needs to be shaped by your voice, your experiences and your needs.

Sexual violence in all its forms, including harassment and assault, has no place at our university. Everyone has the right and the expectation that they will be safe wherever they study, live, work and socialise.

We recognise that conversations about sexual assault and sexual harassment can be difficult and challenging. If you or someone you know needs support, then please visit

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