An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a problematic situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to disrupt the situation or keep it from escalating. By being an active, responsible bystander we can help the University create a safe and inclusive environment. It’s important we all speak out for a safer community.

When we witness behaviour that makes us uncomfortable, such as verbal, physical or sexual harassment, most of us want to do the right thing – make a positive intervention and say something to challenge that behaviour. But knowing what to do and feeling confident enough to step in can be difficult. The following are some easy tips to help you be a responsible, active bystander.

The University offers MATE Bystander training - an education and intervention program teaching us all to be leaders in the prevention of sexual violence and harassment. 

For behaviour that clearly presents a threat to the individual, students or staff members, use the Security Services emergency telephone number 8313 5444.

Further resources

Calling Out Sexism Amongst The Boys | The Line | The Line 

Doing Nothing Does Harm | Our Watch Campaign | Doing Nothing Does Harm

What to say – when you have to say something