A commitment to safe campuses

Sexual harassment and assault are never OK. All our students, staff and visitors should feel safe and respected at ACU. We have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault, and we expect our staff and students to behave in a manner that is respectful, inclusive and fair on every ACU campus, at all times.

Respect. Now. Always.

Keeping safe

All ACU campuses have 24-hour security services. If you are studying or working after hours, you can contact an ACU Security Officer to escort you around campus, call 8888 or 1300 729 452.

SafeZone app

ACU staff and students are pre-registered to the free SafeZone mobile app. Download the app and use it on campus to call ACU Security, request first-aid, or raise the alarm for emergency help. If the app is used off-campus such as student accommodation, it will direct you to dial Emergency Services (triple zero). SafeZone is monitored 24/7.

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What is sexual assault, harassment and consent?

Understand the definitions of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Ensure you understand the meanings of consent and rape, and help keep our campuses safe for everyone.

The ACU Consent and Bystander Behaviour video is a resource for students and staff on the meaning of consent and why it is necessary to seek consent:


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Understand appropriate workplace behaviour

See ACU’s Code of Conduct for all staff and explore our processes and procedures for dealing with misconduct.

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Safety in relationships and in the community

Are your relationships respectful? Have you witnessed disrespectful behaviour? Discover indicators of disrespectful or controlling relationships and see the role bystanders play in preventing, or enabling abuse.

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Report an incident

At the time of the incident

If the incident is life-threatening or requires emergency response, please contact the Emergency Services on Triple Zero (000)

Incidents on campus are to be reported to ACU National Security Centre on 1300 729 452 or dial 8888 from an internal ACU phone. 

If you have ever been made to feel uncomfortable, frightened, intimidated or threatened, helps is available.

Reporting to the University

All incidents of sexual misconduct can be reported, whether you do so to seek support or you want the university to act.

Options for making a disclosure or submitting a formal report to ACU include:

  • In Person to an ACU counsellor or trusted ACU staff member
  • By calling the National Security Centre on 1300 729 452 or 8888 (from an internal ACU phone)
  • Online via
Lodge a Report (Login to Student Portal) Lodge a Report – for staff

A report can be made anonymously. It will not be shown on your academic record, shared amongst staff, and it will not affect your visa status.

What happens when you make a formal complaint

Find out more about the formal complaints process at ACU.

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Find support

On campus counselling for students

If you have experienced assault, harassment or just need someone to talk to, we offer free counselling to all students. All our counsellors are social workers or psychologists with a counselling and mental health experience.

Contact your local counsellors (Login to Student Portal)

ACU Medical Centres

Students on other campuses have access to external medical services situated in close proximity.


The Daniel Mannix Building, Mezzanine level (take the lift),
8-14 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9953 3762 - call to make an appointment


Building M, 8 Approach Rd, Banyo
(07) 3861 6400 - call to make an appointment or 13 74 25 for after-hours service

Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free counselling sessions either in person, or over the phone, to staff members and their immediate family who are facing personal and/or work-related issues. The service is confidential.

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Off campus support

In addition to ACU counsellors, students can seek external support such as General Practitioner (GP) or the external specialist services listed below.

About Respect. Now. Always.

This groundbreaking initiative was launched by Australian universities in 2016, to prevent, and address, sexual harassment on campus and in the university sector. It aims to:

  • raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual harassment and lift the visibility of support services for students; 
  • obtain data to guide further improvement in university policies and services; and
  • assist universities in sharing global best practice resources across the sector

Find out more

Read the report

In late 2016, all 39 universities in Australia participated in a national survey on university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the report surveyed more than 30,000 students from all 39 universities in Australia, including ACU students.

Read the full report

View results from ACU students (PDF, 183 KB)

Understand how to read our students' results (PDF, 300 KB)

Read ACU’s response to the national survey report (PDF, 103KB)

Reports of student sexual assault and sexual harassment to the ACU National Security (2019)

Reports of Student sexual assault and sexual harassment to the ACU National Security (2019-2020)

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Sexual Harassment






ACU staff and students can access the University’s policies and resources which have been developed to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and assault.

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