Privacy Statement


Australian Catholic University (ACU) manages your personal information in accordance with ACU’s Privacy Policy, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and, where applicable, international privacy regulations. 

By entering personal information and details of incidents in this form, you consent to the information being collected and used to support the victim/survivor (which may include you and/or others) and assist ACU to take appropriate action in response to the report.

Any confidential information you provide will be treated confidentially in accordance with ACU’s Privacy Policy. ACU will not provide your information to anyone else without your consent, or unless the law imposes an obligation on the university to report the information (this tends to occur in very limited circumstances – for example, if the sexual abuse of a child is disclosed). 

You are not required to include your name in the report, allowing you to remain anonymous, however, it may limit the university’s ability to investigate. Accordingly, you are encouraged to include your name and contact details. Having this information will assist ACU to investigate the matter and, where appropriate, take action; it will also enable the university to contact you and connect you with appropriate support services.

You can contact ACU at any time to withdraw your consent, or to access or correct the personal information we hold about you. If you are located in the European economic area and the General Data Protection Regulation applies, you may also contact ACU regarding your right to portability, erasure, restriction or objection to processing.

Please agree to the above privacy statement to submit the form.

*Third parties can submit a report, however, they are unable to receive updates on the matter

Your details

The following responses should be from the point of view of the victim-survivor


If completing this section causes you distress, you can:

  • Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 for immediate 24-hour telephone counselling
  • Contact ACU Counsellor (ACU students only) to make an appointment via email
  • ACU 24 Hour Mental Health Support Line Call 1300 638 485 or text 0488 884 191 
  • Contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), AccessEAP (ACU staff only) on 1800 818 728

If the victim-survivor is under 18, ACU will refer to the Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Policy and Procedure.

Reporting Options


  • Disclosure -  A disclosure is where a student says that they have experienced sexual misconduct. A student making a disclosure may simply wish to tell someone about the experience and/or they may be seeking information about resources, academic adjustments, support services and/or reporting options. ACU will not contact any person against whom an allegation is made. If you provide your contact details and give consent below, a member of the Safeguarding and Student Safety team will confidentially contact you. If you remain anonymous, the Safeguarding and Student Safety team will be unable to contact you.
  • Formal report - this is where a student makes a disclosure of sexual misconduct with an intention that the university will take some form of action. If you provide your contact details and give consent below, a member of the Safeguarding and Student Safety team will confidentially contact you, to check if you are safe, offer welfare and academic support, and discuss the how your formal report could proceed. If you remain anonymous, the Safeguarding and Student Safety team will be unable to contact you.
  • Unsure -you would like some more information and help before you decide.

Please note: You are under no obligation to decide now whether you/they want to make a formal report or not. If the incident involves sexual misconduct a formal report can be made at any time. If you/they require support making this report please access details of available support services .

Reporting with contact details


When you choose to provide your contact details, ACU will be able to:

  • listen to you and respond with compassion and understanding
  • connect you with ACU and external support services
  • discuss any necessary safety measures
  • provide information and guidance on your reporting options
  • keep you informed with any updates on your report.

If you are reporting on behalf of someone else, only include the name and contact details of the person who experienced the behaviour if you have their permission to provide them.

Victim-Survivor Details

Leave blank if you wish to remain anonymous.

Select any options that will help us better understand who you are.

We ask this question so that we can discuss additional support services from the university and externally that could be of further help to you. Answering this question is completely optional.

Details of incident

Please describe what happened.

You can provide as much or as little detail as you wish. If you feel uncomfortable providing all the information here, that's okay - we can contact you directly to have a confidential discussion.

This may include the following:

  • what happened?
  • who was involved? (provide names of any person you're concerned about or who witnessed the incident - or provide a description if you don't know their names)
  • were ACU Security or emergency services contacted?

If there is not enough space, please feel free to write in a Word document and upload it at Q18.

If completing this section causes you distress, you can:

  • Contact Safeguarding and Student Safety team
  • Contact ACU Counselling Service (ACU students only) to make an appointment
  • Contact ACU 24 Hour Mental Health Support Line Call 1300 638 485 or text 0488 884 191
  • Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 for immediate 24-hour telephone counselling
  • Contact the Employee Assistance Program, AccessEAP (ACU staff only) on 1800 818 728.
  • Contact QLife - LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral service 1800 184 527 or webchat qlife.org.au

Answering this question is optional. Providing any information helps the Safeguarding and Student Safety team better understand the ways in which we can support you and also assists with our understanding of what happened to you. This section can also be addressed over the phone or email should you feel more comfortable.

A police investigation may take precedence over an ACU investigation and ACU will cooperate closely with the police to ensure the safety of the university community.

Please note: if there is an allegation of sexual misconduct the university may be legally obliged to report the allegation to police under their mandatory reporting requirements or to protect the university community.

Details of Alleged Offender(s)


These questions provide an opportunity to include details of the person(s) believed to be responsible for what happened to you. Please indicate below if you feel there is a risk of harm by disclosing this information.

Should you disclose that an ACU staff member is believed to have been responsible, and enough information is provided that this staff member could be reasonably identified, ACU is required to provide the report to the Chief People Officer to ensure the protection of the university community.

Details of alleged offender # 1 (Compulsory for formal report)

Details of alleged offender # 2 (Compulsory for formal report)

Please note, this is only an indication of your desired outcome and the university will give due consideration to it, but ACU is not obligated to carry out the outcome if it is not able to. Any action imposed by the university will be in accordance with the Students Complaints Policy and Procedure and only applicable to formal reports, not to a disclosure.

What kind of support are you seeking?

Please note if you are anonymous, we will be unable to contact you. You are welcome to provide your contact details at any time. There is no time limit to contacting the Safeguarding and Student Safety team about what happened to you. Select multiple if they apply.

*Please note: pictures refer to screenshots of written text conversations, call logs or other evidence in support of your disclosure. It does not include pornographic or sexually explicit photographs or videos. It is illegal to forward/share/upload any images or videos of a pornographic nature and ACU is not an authorised body to receive such material. If you have images or recorded evidence of a pornographic nature, please do not share/forward/upload it, but instead, take the device it is stored on (phone/laptop/ipad etc) to the police station and show them directly.

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