ACU partners on national ‘Respect. Now. Always.’ student survey

Published: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Australian Catholic University (ACU) will partner with other universities across Australia in a ground-breaking national student survey on sexual assault and harassment.

The survey is an important part of the Australian university sector’s Respect. Now. Always. campaign to ensure students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.

All the information provided by students is strictly confidential and will not be provided to ACU. The survey is being run by the independent Australian Human Rights Commission with assistance from Roy Morgan Research. Responses will be de-identified to protect student privacy.

ACU will conduct the survey before the end of the year. Further details about the survey will be made available before it begins.

About Respect Now. Always.

Earlier this year, Australia’s 39 universities came together to launch the Respect. Now. Always. campaign. It has three key elements: raising awareness of these issues and lifting the profile of support services for students; obtaining prevalence data to guide further improvements in policies and services; and assisting universities to share resources and best practice across the sector.

Reporting incidents of abuse

Students will be encouraged to report any incidents of sexual violence and harassment to a University counsellor, Security, or to the National Domestic Violence hotline.

The ACU Discrimination and Harassment policy is available at:

Staff can refer student reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment to:

Manager Counselling Darko Hajzler ph. 03 9953 3579

Manager Disability Services Carolyn Toonen ph. 07 3623 7377

Director Office of Student Success Evelyn Picot ph. 02 9739 2924

The National Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 1800 737 732.

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