Safety and wellbeing

We know what we are sharing will be distressing and potentially retraumatising for many in our community.  If you would like to speak to somebody for support, a range of confidential resources area available to you.

  • 1800 RESPECT – Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service - 1800 737 732
  • Full Stop Australia - Full Stop Australia is here to put a full stop to sexual, domestic, or family violence through support, education, and advocacy. 1800 FULL STOP (1800 385 578)
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Mensline Australia - 1300 789 978
  • QLife - 1800 184 527
  • BeyondBlue - 1300 22 4636
  • Relationships Australia - 1300 364 277
  • Bravehearts - 1800 272 831
  • Sexual Abuse and Redress Support Service (Formerly
  • Sexual Assault Counselling Australia) - 1800 211 028
  • Rainbow Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Helpline (Formerly LGBTIQ+ Violence Service) - 1800 497 212
  • Charles Sturt Staff EAP Employee Assistance Program - 1300 361 008

National Student Safety Survey

The National Student Safety Survey results have been released. We would like to thank every student who responded to the survey. Your contribution helps us make change, recognise where well-intentioned measures may have fallen short and see where there are meaningful signs of progress and change.

We acknowledge what survivors have endured and how those incidents may have affected relationships, mental health, studies, and lives. Any instance of sexual harassment or sexual assault is one too many.

It is part of our role to educate our students to conduct themselves in respectful and inclusive ways. If we can do this better we will not only improve the safety of our students but help tackle this problem in our communities and across Australia.

Summary of Charles Sturt's survey results

National Student Safety Survey FAQs

  • What is Charles Sturt doing now and moving forward to improve this situation?

    The University has in place a wide range of measures aimed at preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment, including Subject Zero which is our university’s central point of inquiry and counselling support available to all students for disclosures of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

    We have dedicated teams to provide specialised counselling and reporting options to student disclosures of sexual assault and sexual harassment, promote student safety, security personnel in place, and providing education and training programs for staff and students on all our campuses

    The University also has reporting and support systems in place for survivors, including around-the-clock hotlines. Besides the National hotlines, we have a Charles Sturt University Student Wellbeing Support Line which is available for students 24/7 to provide immediate support to any disclosures of sexual assault, and sexual harassment incidents. This is an extension of our student counselling services.

    In 2022 we have delivered a series of workshops to residential student leaders and specific cohorts of students.  There are 5 conversation cards contained in Subject Zero which provide information and advice about the services we offer to students and what we do as a University to create a place of safety and respect

    Each of these conversation cards have large QR codes built into the pictures which are displayed in student shared areas such as the library, our student accommodation services, behind student bathroom doors – we wanted to provide students opportunity to seek support or make a report discretely.

    These conversation cards are dedicated to educating our university community and are being rolled out to all students

    They are

    1. learn how to have a confidential conversation
    1. learn how to report sexual misconduct
    1. learn how to be safe on campus
    1. learn how to get consent
    1. Learn how to call out harassment

    The goal of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment will be best served through a sector-wide approach, using the resources and knowledge of Australian universities as a whole. Charles Sturt University is eager to be part of any collective effort aimed of gathering information and activating ideas to help address this issue.

  • What will be done in the online space?

    We recognise that not all these traumatic experiences take place in physical environments. The survey demonstrates that for many students, a move to hybrid or online learning meant that sexual harassment also moved online. This is why the survey included questions related to online safety.

  • Will the University now provide more counselling support to students?

    Charles Sturt University is committed to responding to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual harassment. We have a Prevention and Support Specialist counsellor who provides emotional and practical support to students who have been sexually assaulted, or sexually harassed, recently or in the past. This service is available to all students of all study modes, and it does not matter if the incident occurred at University. Our specialist counselling team can assist students face to face, over the phone and via Zoom to access other external support services and support them to explore options for reporting what has happened if this is their choice to do so.

    We understand it can be exceedingly difficult and feel daunting to access this service, however, our counselling team is able to provide a safe and sensitive space for students to discuss their feelings and thoughts. This includes when students are unsure about something that has happened and think it might be sexual assault or sexual harassment.

    Our Student Wellbeing Support Line is also available for students 24/7 to provide immediate support to any disclosures of sexual assault, sexual harassment incidents. This is an extension of our student counselling services. To get in contact call 1300 572 516 or text 0480 087 002.

  • Was the 2021 survey different to the 2016 survey? If so, how?

    Yes, this survey was different for the following reasons:

    To align with international best practice, the Social Research Centre (SRC) developed behavioural questions regarding sexual assault. As this is different to the approach taken by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016, comparability between the prevalence rate of the 2016 survey and the 2021 survey is limited.

    To enable comparisons between students’ experiences with national and international data (such as the ABS Personal Safety Survey), the SRC has provided prevalence rates for sexual assault and sexual harassment over a 12-month period. As the 2016 survey did not use a 12-month period but used ‘in 2015 or 2016’ or ‘in 2016’, the prevalence rate for this survey is not directly comparable with the results from the 2016 survey.

    Changing student populations.

  • I attend Charles Sturt but was not asked to participate in the survey. Why not?

    Students at Charles Sturt at the time the survey was conducted were randomly selected to participate, with representation across gender, level of study, as well as domestic and international students.

    All students who were enrolled at Charles Sturt in the past five years had the opportunity to share their stories anonymously, regardless of whether they were selected to participate in the survey.

    International students who would normally be on campus in Australia but were located offshore due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time the survey was conducted could participate in the survey if they were selected in the sample.

  • Will the full survey data be available to students?

    The national quantitative and qualitative reports, as well as links to each university’s page hosting their individual report, will be accessible at

  • Will the full survey data and verbatims for Charles Sturt be publicly available?

    Charles Sturt University and all universities have agreed to publish their reports online.

  • Was student feedback on the last survey taken into consideration? How can students have a voice in what needs to change?

    The survey was developed with extensive input from students and survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment. It was designed primarily to collect data on the scale and nature of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment to provide accurate and up-to-date information to universities about what is happening in their student communities.

  • How did Charles Sturt compare to other Universities?

    Survivor and advocate groups have strongly recommended against making any sort of comparisons because it could have the impact of minimising the upset, distress and trauma experienced by survivors. Additionally, given the diversity within the university sector, comparisons are misleading and unhelpful.