UNSW is known for excellence in education and research, and championing initiatives that have social impact and reflect a commitment to human rights and social justice.

Achieving a safe and respectful campus and workplace for all students and staff requires a UNSW strategy to frame ongoing action to prevent and respond to gendered violence, including sexual misconduct.

Our aim is to Stop. Empower. Support.

UNSW recognises the problem of gendered violence in universities and is committed to playing a part in changing this and making UNSW a safer place for all. Through this Strategy UNSW seeks to prevent gendered violence and offer respectful strategies to assist students and staff members when an incident does occur.

STOP gendered violence on our campuses and ensure consistent implementation of prevention activities.

EMPOWER all university students and staff to take action to prevent and respond to gendered violence by:

  • committing to a safe and respectful UNSW
  • being aware of gendered violence
  • reporting incidents of gendered violence to the UNSW Reporting Portal
  • raising any matters with relevant faculties, schools or business units to increasing confidence to access supports available both within and external to UNSW
  • taking action as a bystander where it is appropriate and safe to do so.

SUPPORT staff and students who are affected by gendered violence in a trauma informed way by providing appropriate support and referral options, tailored training and other communication resources.

Annual Report

In 2021 UNSW was the first university in Australia to publicly publish annual report on the prevention of and response to gendered violence. The latest report shares information on the number of reports of gendered violence made, the prevention and response strategies in place to support our community, and the levels of participation in training.

Respect@Work Report 2020

The Australian Human Rights Commission examined the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, the drivers of this harassment and measures to address and prevent sexual harassment.

Gendered Violence

Report an incident of sexual assault or harassment, whether you have been directly affected, are a witness to an incident or a support person.