National Student Safety Survey

Trigger Warning: The following text discusses experiences relating to sexual harassment and assault.

As part of Western’s ongoing commitment to fairer, safer, and more respectful communities, the university is participating in the 2021 National Student Safety Survey from 6 September to 3 October.

Organised by Universities Australia (opens in a new window), the survey will be conducted by the Social Research Centre (SRC) (opens in a new window) in partnership with leading violence prevention expert Associate Professor Anastasia Powell of RMIT.

This is an important survey researching student perceptions of safety at Australian universities, views towards student campus life, and experiences relating to sexual harassment and assault. The Survey is being conducted as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative. This builds on the foundational survey undertaken in 2016 (opens in a new window) and will provide a national picture of what is happening in our student communities.

The Respect. Now. Always. (opens in a new window) campaign and national survey are part of an ongoing commitment from Australian universities to prevent gender-based violence and support those who experience it.

The survey will be conducted online and with a representative sample of students.

Keep an eye on your university email inbox from 6 September 2021 to see if you are one of the students randomly selected to participate!

Students will be randomly selected* to ensure results are representative of the student population.

Participation is voluntary. The survey questions will take 10 to 12 minutes to complete. If you have been selected, you will initially be approached via university email.

If you're invited to participate in this survey, we encourage you to do so. You will be in a unique position to help prevent and address sexual violence in university communities – so please consider completing the survey. Whatever your circumstances, views or experiences, your participation in the survey is important as it will help ensure the results of the study accurately represent the views of all students at our university.

The results from the survey will be confidential, de-identified and aggregated and will be used to improve services, planning and policies to make universities across Australia safer for all students. A safer community means everyone can reach their full potential.

For more details about the survey, visit Universities Australia’s Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window) page.

All students, whether they have been selected to participate in the survey or not, will have the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions anonymously online. Visit (opens in a new window) to learn more.

Click here (opens in a new window) to download shareable resources including posters, Zoom backgrounds and e-signatures among others.

Please note the survey is NOT a reporting tool. If you have experienced or witnessed sexual assault, harassment, or any unwanted sexual behaviour, we are here to help. Free, confidential, and professional counselling is available.

Students can contact the Counselling Service (opens in a new window) on 1300 668 370 or email

Staff members can contact the Employee Assistance Program (opens in a new window), call 1800 818 728 or download the AccessEAP app.

Want to report an incident?

Contact the Complaints Resolution Unit (opens in a new window) by phone 02 9678 7900 or email

Alternatively, visit the Sexual Offences Reporting Portal (opens in a new window)

Remember, you do not have to report an incident to access support.

More information on Respect. Now. Always (opens in a new window).

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Respect.Now.Always. team at

How is Western supporting students during the course of the survey?

  • Key support numbers will be provided to all survey participants while they do the survey.
  • Students will be able to stop and re-start the survey at any time if they need to take a break.
  • Western provides on and off-campus counselling services available for all students – including phone and online services.

For a full list of support options available for students, visit our Support at Western (opens in a new window) page.

We can all play a role in promoting a fairer, safer, and respectful world.

* The selection of students will consider factors like gender, year of study, residency, and level of study to make sure the sample is representative.


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