Australia’s universities have launched a major new campaign to prevent sexual assault and harassment, in a groundbreaking initiative across the sector.
The campaign – Respect. Now. Always. – highlights the determination of Australia’s universities to ensure that our students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.
It builds on work done by individual universities in Australia over many years to develop policies, reporting procedures and support services.
The campaign will help to raise awareness among the 1.3 million students in Australian universities that sexual assault and sexual harassment are unacceptable. It will also lift the visibility of the services available for students who need help and support.
The Respect. Now. Always. campaign aims to coordinate and provide support for this work across the sector, with the active leadership of Vice-Chancellors including Professor Barney Glover (Western Sydney University), Professor S Bruce Dowton (Macquarie University) and Professor Ian Jacobs (UNSW Australia and UA's lead Vice-Chancellor on equity and diversity).
Working with partners including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre and The Hunting Ground Australia Project Team, the sector has begun collaborative work to:
- Seek more comprehensive Australian data on sexual assault and harassment in universities through a national survey later this year;
- Participate in a review and update of policies and procedures at universities to prevent sexual assault and harassment; and
- Share global best practice models for reporting incidents and supporting students who disclose sexual assault or harassment.
Below you'll find some of the campaign materials that will appear in coming weeks on university websites and social media channels.