Print this page

Safe and Respectful Community

At the University of Canberra we all have the right to a respectful and supportive environment where we can study, work and live safely. Our community has zero tolerance to unacceptable behaviour such as bullying, violence, harassment or sexual assault. It’s up to all of us to make sure we work together to keep our University safe.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the results of the first-ever national student survey on sexual harassment and assault in the higher education sector.

Here are the results specific to the University of Canberra and the methodology on how to read institutional-level data.

Here at UC, we have a strong culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect. It’s important for all students and staff to understand these values and work together towards maintaining a respectful and safe community.

Through training and education, we will be able to promote social change and prevent inappropriate behaviour in our institution. The University has implemented a range of programs and activities towards the prevention of sexual or interpersonal violence:

  • Consent Matters: UC has commenced the delivery of an online module course, Consent Matters, to educate students on the culture of respectful relationships, the understanding of sexual consent and when consent is or not given. The program is available for all students and staff.

Video - Consent Matters Introduction

Access Consent Matters course online
(once logged in, click continue to UCLearn(Canvas) )

If you are the victim of sexual assault or harassment, the University strongly encourages you to report the incident to the police.

Emergency Response

In an emergency where someone is in immediate danger dial '000'

For emergency translations call 1300 655 010

For situations that do not require an immediate response contact Queensland Police on 131 444.

Reporting Process

In addition to reporting to the police, we strongly encourage you to contact the below support services at your home institution and/or the TAFE Queensland Dean, Higher Education. They will liaise with the University to ensure that you receive appropriate support and guidance.

Support at TAFE Queensland (all locations)

TAFE Queensland Brisbane: T| 07 3244 5095   E|
TAFE Queensland East Coast: T| 1300 656 188   E| student
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast: T| 07 5581 8300   E|
TAFE Queensland North: T| 1300 656 959.  E|

NameRoleContact Details
Carla ReadingDean, Higher Education and UC Appointed Officer

T: 07 3244 6003

External Support Organisations

  • Queensland Sexual Assault Help Line: 1800 010 120
  • 1800Respect: 1800 737 732 (24 hours a day). 1800Respect is Australia's national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
  • Bravehearts: Telephone 1800 Brave 1 (1800 272 831) OR (07) 5552 3000
  • Lifeline: Telephone 13 11 14 (24 hours a day). Lifeline's qualified counsellors provide support to callers 24/7.


In 2016, the University of Canberra partnered with all Australian universities in a major national initiative to prevent and address sexual harassment and assault.  

The Respect. Now. Always. (RNA) campaign highlights the determination of Australia's universities to ensure that students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.

A key aim of the campaign is to educate that sexual assault and harassment are unacceptable and empower those who have experienced sexual assault or harassment to seek help and support if they need it.

The campaign builds on longstanding work at the University of Canberra and across the Australian university sector to prevent sexual assault and harassment and ensure that services are in place to support students when they disclose or report.

RNA is an opportunity for the university sector to review the effectiveness of policies, responses and support services to ensure they are best practice.

National University Student Survey

As part of Respect. Now. Always., the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) conducted the nation's first ever national university student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The survey ran from September to November 2016 with more than 30,000 students from across all Australian universities participating. The survey was conducted at UC between 19 September and 10 October. All responses were de-identified to protect student privacy.

The Australian Human Rights Commission will release its national report on Tuesday 1 August, 2017. The University of Canberra will publish its specific data the same day with the results available online. Both the national and University-specific results will help us understand the issue and will be used to guide further improvements in our policies and support services to improve best practice.