The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) is a nationwide survey conducted by the Social Research Centre (SRC) on behalf of Universities Australia.
It collects data on the scale and nature of students’ perceptions of safety and experiences relating to sexual harm (including sexual assault and sexual harassment) at Australian universities.
The NSSS builds upon the data and recommendations from the Change the Course survey completed by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016 and Universities Australia’s Respect. Now. Always. initiative.
2021 National Student Safety Survey
In March 2022, the SRC released the results of the latest NSSS, conducted in September and October 2021. The survey set out to collect data on the scale and nature of university students’ experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The results indicate that sexual harassment and sexual assault remain relatively common experiences for Australian university students.
A total of 10,000 ACU students were selected at random to receive an email. Participation was voluntary and responses were anonymous.
While the prevalence of sexual assault and sexual harassment at ACU is below the national average, the survey results highlight that ACU still needs to do more to build students’ confidence and awareness of the reporting processes and support services available at the university.
In response to the 2021 National Student Safety Survey, ACU has developed an action plan that aims to increase education, awareness, prevention and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment on all ACU campuses.
Updates on the progress of the action plan will be published here on a yearly basis.
2016 Change the Course survey
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, it surveyed more than 30,000 students, including ACU students.
About Respect. Now. Always.
This ground-breaking initiative was launched by Australian universities in 2016 to prevent, and address, sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus and in the university sector.
Respect. Now. Always. is a sector-wide program that 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
- assist universities in sharing global best-practice resources across the sector.
ACU is one of the 39 universities across Australia committed to the Respect. Now. Always. program and to improving how we, as a university, report to and support those who have been affected .
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