The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) ran across the Australian university sector in late 2021, with results released on Wednesday 23 March 2022.
Like the foundational survey from 2016, the 2021 NSSS collected data on the scale and nature of university student experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
You can find further background on the survey, access to the reports and national support resources at nsss.edu.au
For all enquiries about the NSSS, please email [email protected]
For more information on the foundational survey, including the Change The Course report, visit Respect. Now. Always.
The results were released as a national quantitative report and national qualitative report.
Access the National quantitative report.
Access the National qualitative report.
You can also access these reports, as well as links to individual university information, at nsss.edu.au/results
In response to the results, view the below statement from Universities Australia Chair Professor John Dewar AO.
Access a transcript of this statement on this page.
We recognise there is more work to be done and we will determine in coming months what we should and could be doing.
Immediately, however, Universities Australia has made the following commitments:
We understand that conversations around sexual harassment and sexual assault can be distressing for members of our university and wider community.
For members of the university community who would like to speak to somebody for support, find resources available at your university on this page.
The below services are available free-of-charge to the public, across Australia:
Phone and online counselling for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse, available 24/7.
1800respect.org.au or 1800 737 732
Phone and online confidential crisis support, available 24/7.
lifeline.org.au or 13 11 14
Phone and online support and referral service for LGBTIQ+ people, available 3pm to midnight in your time zone.
qlife.org.au or 1800 184 527
Phone and online counselling service for men, available 24/7.
mensline.org.au or 1300 789 978
Phone and online mental health counselling and advice, available 24/7.
beyondblue.org.au or 1300 224 636
Translating and interpreting service (TIS National)
Translation service for non-English speakers, available 24/7.
tisnational.gov.au/en/Non-English-speakers or 131 450
National Relay Service (NRS)
Service for Deaf people, available 24/7.
Teletypewriter (TTS): 133 677
SMS relay: 0423 677 767
NRS Chat (formerly known as Internet Relay): nrschat.nrscall.gov.au