Safer Communities

At UNSW our goal is to create a welcoming and safe environment where everyone is respected and supported to reach their full potential.

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Safer Communities will enhance the University’s efforts in gendered violence, managing psychosocial risk, respect at work and staff wellbeing, while continuing to foster a collaborative approach, through active formal engagement with students and staff. The work of the Safer Communities team is built upon three core pillars: early intervention, prevention and response. These foundations will further support UNSW’s efforts to ensure a safe place for every member of our community and give us the opportunity to prioritise the wellbeing of our community.

We want to provide accessible and person-centred reporting options, in the case that students and staff experience or witness harmful behaviour like sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

The Safer Communities team comprises of professionals with specialised training and experience.

Gendered violence

Gendered violence is an inclusive term that spans hazing, dating violence, domestic and family violence, sexualised and racialised bullying, sexual misconduct, including sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Managing Psychosocial Risk

Psychosocial hazards are sources of potential harm at work, that may result in a physical and or psychological impact for the individual. They can show up in a number of ways, from how work is designed, organised and supervised to the work environment and equipment provided.

Respect at work

Workplace sexual harassment is not a women’s issue: it is a societal issue, which every Australian, and every Australian workplace, can contribute to addressing.


Essential training for students & staff.


Free & confidential services.


Useful resources including surveys, reports, and support information.

Staff Wellbeing

UNSW Wellbeing is a university-wide initiative to promote the health and wellbeing of our campus community.

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Complaints at UNSW

At UNSW, we take all complaints very seriously and have dedicated complaint management systems and processes in place to seek fast and effective resolutions.