We want everyone who works or studies at RMIT to feel 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

  • Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA House): provides 24 hour crisis care support following a sexual assault in the last two weeks and 24 hour telephone counselling and support.
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line: (1800 806 292): provides an after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for victim/survivors of both past and recent sexual assault.
  • 1800RESPECT: provides telephone and online counselling if you have experienced sexual assault or domestic family violence or domestic family violence.
  • QLife: a national telephone (1800 184 527) and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends.
  • Victorian Police Safety Advice: provides advice to victims of family violence, sexual assault or child abuse.
  • Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE): provides information, support and referrals to women with a phone support service and a walk-in centre.

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.