National Student Safety Survey
CONTENT WARNING: This page discusses experiences relating to sexual harassment and assault.
At RMIT, we are committed to creating a culture where everyone is safe, respected and included.
As part of that commitment, we’re participating in the National Student Safety Survey, which runs from 6 September to 3 October 2021.
The survey will gather critical information about students’ experience of sexual assault and sexual harassment, on and off-campus. The results will help universities across Australia – including RMIT – create a safer environment for everyone, and better support those who experience sexual harm.
The survey will be conducted by the Social Research Centre (SRC) in collaboration with Associate Professor Anastasia Powell from RMIT, on behalf of Universities Australia. It has been approved by the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee.
It builds on a previous survey carried out in 2016. Since then, Australian universities and students have instigated at least 800 major initiatives to prevent and address sexual violence across society. Read about some of the initiatives introduced by RMIT.
Taking part in the survey
A random selection of 10,000 RMIT higher education students, selected to be representative of the student population, will be invited by email to take part in the survey. This will include students at different levels, international students who are normally based in Australia, and those studying remotely.
Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Completing the survey should only take 10-12 minutes.
If you receive an invitation, we encourage you to complete the survey. This will help ensure the results of the study accurately represent the views of all RMIT students.
By taking part, you will be helping to create a safer community in which everyone can reach their full potential.
If you do not receive an invitation
The Social Research Centre is also running a project for any student who would like to share more about their experience of sexual harassment, sexual assault or unwanted sexual behaviour. It is open to all higher education students who have been enrolled in an Australian university in the past five years. No matter your circumstances, views or experiences, your participation is welcomed. All responses are completely anonymous and confidential. You can take as much time as you need to share your experiences and suggestions.
Share your views anonymously by visiting the National Student Safety Survey website from 6 September to 3 October 2021. This option is open to all students who have been enrolled in an Australian university in the past five years, including current students and recent alumni.
If you need support
We know that many people may experience distress talking about their experiences. Sexual harassment and assault are difficult topics for many people to discuss and we are here to support you.
Please contact the Safer Community team if you need support for yourself or a fellow student impacted by sexual harm, if you wish to report an incident, or if you have any questions.
More support services
Learn more about the breadth of support services available at RMIT and within the community.