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National Student Safety Survey 2021

As part of the higher education sector, the University of Canberra is dedicated to playing its part in promoting gender equality and preventing violence. To further this commitment, UC will be participating in the National Student Safety Survey 2021.

Universities across Australia have commissioned and funded the National Student Safety Survey 2021, which will collect data on the scale and nature of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The survey will provide a national representation of behavior within our student communities and build upon the foundational survey undertaken by Universities Australia in 2016.

The survey will be independently conducted by the Social Research Centre, and provide data that will make an important contribution not only to safety on our campus, but those across Australia.

The University thanks all of our students who will be completing the main survey, for being courageous in using your voice, views and thoughts and for taking part in this important work.

What to expect

From Monday 6 September to Sunday 3 October, 10,000 students across UC will be randomly selected to participate in the survey. This is a random sample of our student community, which means some will be invited to participate in the survey and some will not.

If you have been randomly selected, the Social Research Centre will contact you via your UC student email. Participation is voluntary and the survey will take 10 – 12 minutes to complete.

Student support

The University is committed to safeguarding the safety and wellbeing of our students throughout the survey process. We understand conversations of this nature can be triggering, and therefore would like to remind our students of the support available to you both during this time, and ongoing.

UC Crisis Line

Operated by Lifeline, the UC Crisis Line provides confidential crisis support that is accessible 24 hours a day.

  • Phone: 1300 271 790
  • Text: 0488 884 227

1800RESPECT

The national sexual assault, family and domestic counselling service, available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  • 1800 737 732

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

DVCS provides 24/7 crisis intervention services to anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic and family violence.

  • 02 6280 0900

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue offers brief support, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction.

  • 1300 22 4636

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia offers free professional 24/7 telephone counselling support for men with concerns about mental health, anger management, family violence (using and experiencing), addiction, relationship, stress and wellbeing.

  • 1300 78 99 78

QLife

QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

  • 1800 184 527

Medical and Counselling Centre

Dedicated counsellors and support staff are available to providing counselling support to you.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • 02 6201 2351

Student Wellbeing

The Wellbeing team is available to listen and provide confidential advice, referrals and support.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
  • 02 6206 8841

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling information and support for women and children who have experienced sexual violence and can help with referrals and information about legal or medical concerns.

  • Hours: 7am – 11pm
  • Phone: 02 6247 2525
  • Text: 0488 586 518

Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care

FAMSAC provides a safe and caring environment for victims of sexual assault. Doctors and nurses are available every day of the year for forensic examination and medical care following sexual assault and referrals for sexual assault counselling.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
  • 02 5124 2185

Frequently asked questions

The national survey will randomly sample students from universities across the sector. A sample of 10,000 UC students will be selected to take part, taking into account a range of factors including gender, year of study, residency and level of study to make sure the sample is representative.

Participation in the survey is encouraged by the University, but is voluntary.

From 6 September to 3 October, an online form  will be available to any student who would like to share more about their experience of sexual harassment, sexual assault or unwanted sexual behaviour in a University environment. It is open to all students who have been enrolled in an Australian university in the past five years. No matter your circumstances, views or experiences, your participation is welcomed.

If you have been invited to participate in the survey, please complete the survey before the online form.

The survey results will be confidential, de-identified and aggregated.

The survey builds on the foundational survey conducted in 2016, but will include  key differences around behavioural questions on sexual assault. Comparability between the prevalence rate of the 2016 survey and the 2021 survey will be limited.

The National Student Safety Survey is being conducted as part of the Respect. Now. Always. Initiative. The aim of the survey is to measure the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment experiences among university students at Australian universities and to measure broader perceptions of safety and views towards student campus life.

The findings of the survey will help to measure the extent of these experiences among university students in Australia. This in turn will inform the University’s approach and ongoing strategy to address sexual assault, harassment and gender-based violence on our campus in the foreseeable future.

De-identified and aggregated data will be released in 2022 once the results are collected and analysed by the Social Research Centre.

Please reach out to our Wellbeing team by phone at 02 6206 8841 or email at wellbeing@canberra.edu.au.