New survey into sexual harm

Australian universities, including UniSA, have commissioned and funded the next student survey of sexual assault and sexual harassment as part of our ongoing commitment to prevent unacceptable behaviour.

In September 2021, Universities Australia will be running a new student survey of sexual assault and sexual harassment across all Australian universities. A selection of UniSA students will be invited to participate.

This year’s survey follows on from the inaugural survey conducted in 2016 and the subsequent release in 2017 of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities.

The survey will run in September 2021.

Universities Australia and Social Research Centre (SRC) will be randomly sample 10,000 students from UniSA. The selection of students will take into account factors like gender, year of study, residency and level of study to make sure the sample is representative.

The survey is being conducted as part of our ongoing commitment to prevent unacceptable behaviour.

The survey will collect data on the scale and nature of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment, in order to prevent sexual violence in university communities and better support those who have been affected.

The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete.

Universities Australia has commissioned the Social Research Centre (SRC) in partnership with leading violence prevention expert, Associate Professor Anastasia Powell of RMIT.

This year’s survey builds on and extends the foundational survey conducted in 2016. However, there will be key differences, including behavioural questions on sexual assault.

Comparability between the prevalence rate of the 2016 survey and the 2021 survey will be limited.

Universities Australia anticipate the national results will be delivered in 2022.

Definitely! At UniSA, the safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff is one of our highest priorities. Support is always available, and we encourage you to make use of the free and confidential services both at UniSA or, if you prefer, outside of the University.

For students:

Counselling for students is free of charge and available from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.  You can book an appointment online or by phone:  

  • Metropolitan campuses:  1300 301 703
  • Mt Gambier Campus:  (08) 8723 1999
  • Whyalla Campus:  (08) 8645 8233

We also have an out-of-hours crisis line:

  • Call 1300 107 441 or text 0488 884 163

(Out-of-Hours runs between 5pm and 9am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and public holidays).

1800RESPECT:  1800 737 732

1800 RESPECT is a free service, open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.

The University of South Australia is committed to a healthy, safe university culture that embraces and celebrates the diversity of our community of students and staff. This means we strive to ensure our campuses and learning environments are free from bullying, discrimination and sexual violence.

At UniSA we foster a respectful environment where we value our students and staff. A number of recommendations and actions have been developed, based on the AHRC Report and UniSA’s Policy Review.  We are in the process of implementing these recommendations and actions, and a senior leadership group has been established to oversee this work. Visit our website to find out what actions and progress has been made.