Safer Community provides support and advice to students and staff concerned about threatening or inappropriate behaviour.

At RMIT, we are committed to providing a respectful and safe place to study and work.

If you are feeling unsafe or unsure what to do about threatening or unwanted behaviour, you can talk to us about your concerns and options – even if the behaviour happened off campus.

If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted or threatening behaviour – including sexual harassment or assault – we can help.

When you contact Safer Community, we will:

  • listen
  • try to understand what’s important to you
  • explain and explore options - you decide which is most appropriate
  • always consider your well-being
  • discuss with you if we need to take steps to ensure the safety of our community

Concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour

We want everyone who works and studies at RMIT to feel safe, comfortable and respected.

If you have experienced threatening or concerning behaviour or you are worried about someone else we want to help.

Learn more about threatening or inappropriate behaviour and which support options are available.

Safety services

Bystander intervention

We all have a role to play in creating a safe and respectful culture at RMIT and in our other communities. If you witness concerning or harmful behaviour, it’s important to call it out. This is known as being an active bystander.

It’s normal to feel nervous about stepping in, but it’s a powerful sign of support to the target of the behaviour, and it can also make the other person reflect on their actions.

Learn simple, effective and safe ways to call out disrespect.

Respect at RMIT

RMIT has partnered with Universities Australia on the Respect.Now.Always campaign. It aims to understand when and how sexual harassment and assault happen at universities so we can work to prevent it and to provide support.

Contact Safer Community

You can report unwanted or threatening behaviour by contacting Safer Community at RMIT.

Safer Community checks emails and phone messages daily from Monday to Friday.

Please note that we are not an emergency service. If you or others feel at risk or consider the situation to be an emergency, call the Police or an ambulance on 000 if you are on campus, alert Campus Safety and Security on 03 9925 3333. Urgent support is also available. 

Help someone else

As a friend, family or staff member you are an important source of support to members of the RMIT community. If you are concerned about an incident, or behaviour you have become aware of, contact us to talk through your concerns.