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Respect. Now. Always.

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.

Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce

Progress report

At the closing Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce meeting, convened on 15 December 2017, the members agreed on a final list of 65 actions resulting from the review of the AHRC, Universities Australia, CAPA and the Equal Opportunity Commission (SA) recommendations. 

The final list of actions was presented to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Meeting 1/18 (31 January 2018) and was endorsed for implementation throughout 2018 and 2019.

To date, 23 actions have been completed, representing 35% completion. This follows a number of O’Week initiatives as well as a refresh of the Safer Campus Communities website in February 2018.

View a summary of the actions and progress.

A message from the Chair

Following the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Change the Course report on 1 August, 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.

Pascale Quester

I am establishing a Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce (RNAT) to develop a single university-wide implementation plan that incorporates recommendations made by the AHRC, Universities Australia, the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Equal Opportunity Commission (SA). 

The implementation plan will provide advice on a range of activities and educational campaigns which address the recommendations. These activities and campaigns will be undertaken by working groups that are yet to be established, with opportunities for student contribution.

Updates on Taskforce progress, student events and implementation activities can be found on this website. 

Professor Pascale Quester
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
Chair, Respect. Now. Always. Taskforce


The priority objectives are:

  1. Review all recommendations
  2. Establish an implementation plan
  3. Develop a score card system for ongoing monitoring against objectives

Additional objectives for RNAT input involve some specific topics and themes which consultative groups will be called on to contribute their expertise. Topics/themes include:

  1. Social Clubs, Sports Clubs and Student Events
  2. Work Placements and Internships
  3. Specific Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) strategies
  4. Colleges / Student Accommodation
  5. Public Transport


Staff Students
Professor Pascale Quester, DVCA
President, AUU
Brodie Scott
Executive Dean / Faculty Representative
Professor Mike Liebelt
President, SRC
Mark Pace
Executive Dean / Faculty Representative
Associate Professor Suzanne Le Mire
Postgraduate Officer, SRC
Stephanie Ducker
General Counsel
Ms Céline McInerney
Women's Officer, SRC
Tamsin Anspach
Associate Director Student Life
Ms Colleen Lewig
Declan Price Brooks
Pro Vice-Chancellor - Research Operations
Professor John Williams
Andrew Carter
Director, Human Resources
Ms Elysia Ryan
Logan (Loc) Le
Director, Partnerships & Corporate Relations
Ms Leah Grantham
Alison Gunning
CEO, St Marks College
Master Rose Alwyn
Kayla Bremert
Chair, Gender Equity and Diversity Committee
Professor Deborah Turnbull
Meg Mackie
Student Counsellor
Ms Sharon Lockwood
Meika Liveris

Meeting dates

Meeting Date and time Agenda Minutes
01/17 Friday 15 September, 10 am to 12 pm Agenda - meeting 1 Minutes - meeting 1
02/17 Friday 29 September, 10 am to 12 pm Agenda - meeting 2 Minutes- meeting 2
03/17 Friday 27 October, 10 am to 12 pm Agenda - meeting 3 Minutes - meeting 3
04/17 Friday 10 November, 10 am to 12 pm Agenda - meeting 4 Minutes - meeting 4
05/17 Wednesday 29 November, 10 am to 12 pm Agenda - meeting 5 Minutes - meeting 5
06/17 Friday 15 December, 10 am to 12 pm Agenda - meeting 6 Minutes - meeting 6