Sexual Assault, Harassment & Misconduct

UNSW Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct & Rape

As a student of UNSW you have the right to feel safe and secure at all times and to be able to fully participate in all aspects of life on campus. We believe that unwanted sexual attention including harassment, stalking and assault can prevent a student from taking part in activities and involvement in the life of the University.

We will support students who report sexual harassment or sexual assault. There are internal (i.e. within UNSW) and external options available. You will find some suggestions and resources to assist below.

What is assault, harassment...?

Sexual misconduct is a term used by UNSW to describe behaviour of a sexual nature which is unacceptable. Sexual misconduct is a broad term, encompassing various types of conduct. Sexual misconduct can involve behaviour by a person of any gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different genders.

Read more detailed definitions of sexual misconduct, assault, harassment...

Prevention by UNSW

What does UNSW do to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment?

Sexual and gendered violence of all forms are a pervasive reality in today's world and, being in the education sector, Universities have a unique opportunity and responsibility to effect social change and eliminate these behaviours and the attitudes and beliefs which underpin them from our society. At UNSW, we accept our legal and moral obligation to ensure that every individual is treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. We believe that educating the university community is central to building a culture of respect and that education programs and standard setting is at the heart of any prevention program.

Training provided

We provide comprehensive 'preventing sexual assault and harassment' awareness training to our student leaders and both staff and students in our residential colleges to ensure they:

  • know what consent is, in terms of sexual relationships, and when it can and can't be given
  • understand boundaries and how to communicate what people are comfortable and not comfortable with so they can navigate relationships successfully
  • recognise unconscious bias and the impacts of language and everyday gendered micro-aggressions that can unconsciously promote a culture of disrespect
  • recognise respectful and disrespectful behaviour to empower bystanders to speak out when they hear or see inappropriate behaviour
  • understand thoroughly UNSW staff and student codes of behaviour.

We have also conducted unconscious bias training for our university leaders. In addition, we will be implementing 'gendered violence' awareness training to staff and students over the coming months in person and by way of an e-learning package tailored specifically to the UNSW context. We communicate the expected standards of behaviour as part of the mandatory training for all new commencing students at UNSW. We recognise that effecting cultural change is a 'whole-of-campus' collective responsibility.

Underpinning our training and awareness programs we are also strengthening our staff and student codes of conduct and making our policies and procedures in relation to sexual misconduct more visible and more accessible. UNSW has been at the forefront of the Universities Australia 'Respect.Now.Always' campaign and is committed to preventing sexual assault and harassment in our community. Every report of sexual misconduct made to UNSW will be looked at immediately, support provided to affected individuals and any member of our community who is found to be in breach of a UNSW Code of Conduct or contractual agreement will be sanctioned in accordance with the severity of the breach.

UNSW benefits from the strong leadership and a collective of powerful advocates from staff and student groups driving the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault on UNSW campuses. We will be an exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion; a university where our staff and students can reach their full potential in a supportive and respectful culture and a university that allows all our students to fully participate in every aspect of life on campus.

Emergency contacts and 24/7 Counselling

If immediate assistance is required please use these contacts:


ON campus emergency (24/7)

Phone 9385 6666 for Campus Security (Kensington, Paddington, Coogee, Randwick & NIDA campus)

OFF campus emergency (24/7)

Phone Triple Zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance.


NEW NATIONAL UNIVERSITY 24/7 support line for Students

Phone 1800 572 224 - Run by specialist trauma counselling services RAPE and Domestic Violence Services Australia

OTHER EXTERNAL Counselling support and advice (24/7)

Phone 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for the National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Help Line. This is a 24hr help line to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. It has a free translation and interpreting service.

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Report an incident here

We encourage you to use this portal to report a current or past incident of sexual misconduct which has happened to you even if the incident is not associated with UNSW. This FAQ on the portal may answer any questions you have.

You can also report incidents to police as well as reporting through the portal.


Where to get more support

Support at UNSW

Here you can find support on campus at UNSW:

Campus Security - 24 hour security to protect you and prevent crime. 9385 6666

Counselling and Psychological Services - Meet confidentially with a qualified psychologist. 9385 5418

Health Services - Make a confidential appointment with a Doctor: 9385 5425

Residential Colleges - Each College has complaint procedures and support available.

Student Development International - Support for international students

Educational Support Service - Confidential consultations for students requiring educational support, or advice on UNSW policies and procedures: 9385 4734

Ally network for LGBTIQ - Support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex or queer students.

Nura Gili - Support for Indigenous students.

Legal services - Legal advice and advocacy for students

Women's Collective at Arc - Contact your Student Representative Council.

Support outside UNSW


The closest specialist sexual assault services to UNSW (for young people aged 14 years and older and adults) is at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown:

  • Address: Eastern & Central Sydney Sexual Assault Service, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown
  • Phone daytime: (02) 9515 9040
  • Phone after hours: (02) 9515 6111

NSW Health Sexual Assault Service - counselling and medical assistance

Sydney Sexual Health Centre - LGBTI safe place particulaly if you want information on sexually transmitted diseases

NSW Rape Crisis Centre - 1800 424 017

Domestic Violence Information (and 24/7 contact numbers)

National Home Doctor Service

The Albion Centre - a multidisciplinary public health care facility with a primary focus on HIV management

NSW Victims Services - Help for victims of sexual assault

  • Victims Support Line (Victims Access Line 1800 633 063)
  • Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123

Lifeline - 24 hour mental health help and crisis line

Medical and counselling in Canberra/ACT

ACT Health: Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)

  • Tel: 02 6244 2185
  • or call the Canberra Hospital switchboard on 02 6244 2222

Canberra Rape Crisis:

  • Women and Girls (02) 6247 2525
  • Text only (for hearing impaired): 0488 586 518 7.00am-11.00pm 7 days.
  • Men (02) 6287 3935 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
  • Forensic Medical Care 24/7 call-out (02) 6247 2525


Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre

Aboriginal Women's Sexual Assault Network



Survivors and mates support network

White Ribbon - preventing men's violence against women


Another Closet - Domestic and family violence support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex or queer


NSW Police Assistance Line - for non-emergencies and general enquiries

NSW Police Adult Sexual Assault

SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING OPTIONS (SARO) - Sexual assault questionnaire

Crime Stoppers - provide crime information anonymously


Women's Legal Services NSW - a community legal centre providing women across NSW with a range of free legal services. Contact Line 1800 801 501. Telephone Interpreter Service 13 14 50