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

If you have experienced threatening or concerning behaviour, we can:

  • talk to you about support options
  • help you with safety planning
  • connect you with practical support services at RMIT and within the community (e.g. housing, financial, legal assistance and police).

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If you or someone you know has been assaulted, or has experienced concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour, support and advice is available from Safer Community.

Support options

Safer Community can connect you with specialist support options.

There are a wide variety of support options available to you at RMIT and from external agencies. Part of what we do at Safer Community is talk you through your options and help you get the most useful support for your situation.

Support at RMIT

Below is a list of support services available to you at the University. Use these services if you are concerned about the behaviour of someone in the RMIT community. If necessary, these services might contact Safer Community for case management and advice.

  • Counselling Service: if you want to talk about personal, study, mental health or wellbeing concerns.
  • Student Support Advisors: offer practical help, advice and support, mainly in the areas of accommodation, legal and money advice, as well as making cultural and social adjustments to life in Melbourne and studying successfully.
  • Student Legal Service: offers students free, confidential legal advice.
  • Chaplaincy: a team of trained multi-faith spiritual advisers who are available in any crisis situation.
  • Campus Safety and Security: if your safety or security concerns require urgent attention i.e. if you witness criminal activity on campus – contact Security. You can also request Campus Safety and Security to accompany you to a University car park or the nearest public transport.

RMIT policies and statements

RMIT University Student Union (RUSU)

RUSU also provides the following support services:

  • RUSU Compass service: for information and referrals to services if you’re experiencing challenges and want to know where to go to resolve them.
  • RUSU Women’s Department: a safe space for female students. A Women’s Officer is also available to provide advice on support options available.
  • RUSU Queer Department: a safe space of students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex. A Queer Officer is available to provide advice and support on dealing with homophobic bullying, name-calling, or any other behaviour that makes for an unsafe environment.
  • RUSU Student Rights: Student Rights Officers provide independent advice and advocacy.

External support

  • Beyond blue: provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
  • Drummond Street Services: a not-for-profit family support agency that provides counselling and support to LGBTIQ+ peopleyoung people and their families. 
  • eheadspace: provides a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 - 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional
  • Lifeline: provides crisis support if you are finding it hard to cope with an event or experience in your life. Access support by phone (13 11 14) or online chat.
  • QLife: a national telephone (1800 184 527) and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends.
  • Say Something: an anonymous online reporting system for crimes within Victoria with a downloadable App.
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission: provides a phone service offering free information on discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment, racial or religious vilification, equal opportunity and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Sexual harassment and assault

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

Provides an after-hours, confidential telephone crisis counselling service for victim/survivors of both past and recent sexual assault.

  • Phone: 1800 806 292 (crisis line, 24/7) 

Website: www.sacl.com.au/

Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA)

CASA provides specialist, sexual assault counselling and advocacy throughout Victoria.

  • Phone: 9635 3600 (CASA House, Melbourne)
  • Phone: 9497 1768 (Northern CASA, Bundoora)

Website: www.casa.org.au/

1800 RESPECT 

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

InTouch

Multicultural centre against family violence providing crisis support for people from culturally diverse backgrounds

QLife

Provides peer support for lesbian, gay, bixsexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people and their friends families and allies.

  • Webchat: qlife.org.au (3pm-12am, 7 days) (Anonymous peer support and referral via telephone and webchat)

Djirra

Provides culturally safe and accessible services to Aboriginal people seeking support.

Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)

Provides free support, referral and information on any issue for all Victorian women, non-binary and gender diverse people. 

MensLine Australia

Telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns including issues of violence. 

Men’s Referral Service

Telephone advice and counselling for men who need support for family violence.

 

Personal Safety Intervention Order

  • Victoria Legal Aid: advice on applying for a personal safety intervention order which is an order made by a magistrate to protect a person from physical or mental harm caused by someone who is not a family member.

If you or someone you know has been assaulted, or has experienced concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour, support and advice is available from Safer Community.