Swinburne has zero tolerance for child abuse and all forms of harm to children. Concerns or allegations are treated very seriously and acted upon.

As an education institution, we embrace the role we play in the lives of our young people. We support and respect the participation and empowerment of all children and want children to feel safe and valued. We seek to protect any child associated with a university-related activity.

If you have a concern about child safety at Swinburne, report it to Safer Community Swinburne by emailing safercommunity@swinburne.edu.au.

Our commitment

We commit to implementing the Victorian Child Safe Standards. To achieve this, we have: 

  • developed strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety and promote the empowerment of children 
  • embedded child safety in our policy framework and recruitment practices 
  • implemented strategies to remove or reduce risks to children and processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • Swinburne upholds an inclusive culture and is committed to:
    • cultural safety of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
    • cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • safety of children living with a disability or having diverse needs


It is the shared responsibility of our university community to protect children and prevent child abuse. Our organisational culture aims for all members of the Swinburne community — including children and their parents or guardians — to feel confident and comfortable in discussing any allegations of child abuse or child safety concerns. 

To support this:

Swinburne is committed to gathering and reporting accurate information to help make informed changed to keep our children safe. The following table (Table 1) includes data on the number of formal reports, including anonymous reports, made to the university.

Table 1. Total number of formal reports, including anonymous reports, made to the university.
Year Off-campus On-campus Unkown Total
2022 0 1 0 1

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Providing feedback

Swinburne is committed to ensuring that children and young people are empowered about their rights and participate in decisions affecting them, and to ensuring that families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

We encourage you to provide your feedback around child safety at Swinburne.

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