Respect. Now. Always.

Together with other Australian universities, Swinburne is part of the national initiative, Respect. Now. Always. The goal is to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment and empower victims of assault or harassment to seek help and support.  

This is what we’re doing for Respect. Now. Always.

National Student Safety Survey 2021

Australian universities have commissioned and funded the next National Student Safety Survey to run in September 2021. It will collect data on the scale and nature of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. This builds on the foundational survey undertaken in 2016 and will provide a national picture of what is happening in our student communities.

The survey will be conducted by the Social Research Centre (SRC) in partnership with leading violence prevention expert Associate Professor Anastasia Powell of RMIT and draws on an advisory group of experts.

Students will be randomly selected from each university, and those not selected will still have the opportunity to tell their story. If you’re invited to participate, we encourage you to do so. Your voice and experiences will continue to shape our services, support and response to the safety needs of the Swinburne community.

The survey will run from 6 September to 3 October 2021. Visit the National Student Safety Survey website to learn more.

The findings of the survey will help inform universities’ services and responses for student safety and wellbeing.

Mate Bystander Program

The Mate Bystander Program is an evidence-based education and intervention program teaching us all to be leaders in the prevention of gender-based violence.

The Program originated from Griffith University and is designed to teach community members how to recognise abuse and allows them to build the confidence in order to speak out and offer help.

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Be a Better Human

Be a Better Human is an initiative created by Flinders University. It reflects the Swinburne campus culture of consent, respect and empathy and has been brought to Swinburne through Safer Community and the Swinburne Student Union. 

Be a Better Human

Consent Matters 

Consent Matters is an interactive and evidence-based online module developed by leaders in online education, Epigeum. 

This innovative course explores the nature of sexual consent, and shows students how to seek consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can’t be given. It also explores communication and relationships, and bystander intervention. This module is compulsory for certain groups of Swinburne students, with all students strongly encouraged to complete the course which is available on Canvas. 

Respectful research training

At Swinburne, we’re committed to fostering a respectful and well-defined research training culture. Therefore, we use respectful research training resources developed by the Australian Council of Graduate Research to educate our PhD candidates and supervisors on how to maintain a safe and respectful research environment.

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