Committing to a Safer Campus

The University is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for all members of our community. In 2017, along with all 38 other Australian universities, the University of Adelaide took part in the Australian Human Rights Commission's ‘Change the Course’ report into sexual harassment and sexual assault.

View the University of Adelaide's specific report.

The University committed to adopting all of the nine recommendations made by the AHRC report. View the progress against recommendations at July 2018 here

Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce

Following the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Change the Course report on 1 August 2017, the University of Adelaide is determined to dramatically reduce the incidence of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and to support those affected. The University has a zero tolerance approach and we all have a role to play in providing a safe, respectful and world class environment for learning and teaching.

From September - December 2017 a Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce met to consider recommendations made by the AHRC, Universities Australia, the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Equal Opportunity Commission (SA). Membership of the Taskforce comprised of staff, students (including student leaders) a specialist sexual violence counsellor and a Residential College representative.

At the closing Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce meeting, convened on 15 December 2017, the members agreed on a final list of 65 actions.The action plan was presented to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Meeting 1/18 (31 January 2018) and was endorsed for implementation throughout 2018 and 2019.

View the Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce Action Plan. A report of progress as at December 2018 is available here.


All 65 actions were completed by the end of 2019.

The following list highlights some of the work that was undertaken:

  • Development of Inclusive Language Guidelines, which are published on the HR website and Safer Campus Community website.
  • Development of a range of promotional materials promoting Bystander Awareness.
  • Provision of a new after-hours Crisis Support phone and text line for University of Adelaide students.
  • Inclusion of the Epigeum online program ‘Understanding and Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence’ in the University of Adelaide staff induction modules. 
  • Development of a Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Information Network (SASHIN) comprised of student-facing staff. This network will provides information to students on what reporting mechanisms and support are provided by the University.
  • Changes made to Postgraduate Coordinator training requirements to include Safer Campus Community content. Role statements amended to include the responsibility to respond effectively and provide information to students in distress.
  • Based on feedback from International Students, Safer Campus posters were re-designed to provide information on what constitutes sexual assault and harassment in plain-English.
  • Auto-enrolling new undergraduate students in the Consent Matters online course. 
  • Face to face First Responder training has being delivered to key staff and student groups including AUU Board and Staff, SRC members, student facing faculty staff and Postgraduate Coordinators.
  • Amendment to the process allowing students to change their preferred name to one that better reflects their expresses their gender, culture and social identity.
  • Student focus groups were held to review the ease of access, use and understanding of reporting processes. The result is a new flowchart developed to clearly demonstrate what happens when a report is made to the University.
  • The University and Residential Colleges have established a Charter of Student Fairness and Wellbeing.
  • The University and a select group of external accommodation suppliers have established Charter of Student Fairness and Wellbeing.
  • The University had an independent body review it's policies and procedures.
  • Development of a standalone Student Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Policy and Procedure.