Respect. Now. Always

Safety and respect are central to our university’s culture. It starts with Respect. Now. Always.

Respect Now Always 

Deakin University is committed to being a learning and working environment that is a place of safety and respect. The university has a zero tolerance approach to sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment.

One incident is one too many when it comes to sexual and interpersonal violence and Deakin has a number of prevention strategies in place to promote respectfulness and challenge inappropriate behaviour. Here’s what we do to achieve it:

Deakin has specialist staff trained in responding to serious incidents and providing the appropriate support and privacy to victims and cooperates with Victoria Police by assisting with enquiries and investigations.

Safer Community

Central point of enquiry for information, advice and support in managing problem behaviours that have, or could, cause offence, fear or trauma (physical and or psychological). These behaviours can compromise the safety of members of the Deakin Community and are therefore a priority for the University to address.

Counselling services

We provide free confidential psychological support to students and staff. Counselling staff also deliver Mental Health First Aid training.

Specialist sexual assault counsellors attend campuses one day a week. The CASA counsellors also deliver training on “Responding to Sexual Assault”

Student concerns and complaints officer

If you’re not happy about something, we want to work with you to resolve it. 

Equity and Diversity professionals, advocacy, programs and services

We run a number of programs and events to support a university culture that is diverse, accessible and inclusive.

Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers

The University has over 75 HDCOs trained to assist staff and students with concerns about discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying

Disability Resource Centre

We’re inclusive and want all students to be supported to participate fully in university life. The Disability Resource Centre can also work with HR to support workplace adjustments if you’re a member of staff.

Medical Centres

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff matter to Deakin. We provide confidential medical services on all campuses.

DUSA - representation and welfare officers

Free confidential, Independent advice


24/7 security presence on campus and residences, including escort service

SafeZone App

A free app for staff and students connecting to the Deakin Security team help is needed on campus.

Student Legal Advisory Service - SortIt

Deakin Residential Services

Education And Prevention

  • Hunting Ground screenings 
  • Staff trained by Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) 
  • Compulsory staff Harassment and Discrimination training
  • International students orientation to culture, behavioural standards and norms including emphasis on available support.
  • Program to promote bystander engagement among students including “You the Man” play performances
  • Health promotion events, including Health and Wellbeing Week, ESSENCE Week
  • White Ribbon Day

Culture, Policy And Procedures

  • Equity and Diversity policy 
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safety policy 
  • Risk and Compliance Management policy 
  • Staff Code of Conduct 
  • Student Code of Conduct 
  • Lease / Licence agreement for Residential students contains strong clauses on behavioural standards 
  • Student Complaints Resolution Policy 
  • General Misconduct Regulations 
  • Enterprise Agreement and HR Policies relating to staff conduct.
  • Critical Incident Management Procedures
  • Guidelines for responding to someone disclosing sexual assault

About the Respect Now Always campaign

  • A sector-wide campaign to prevent sexual assault and harassment
  • A campaign to educate and empower
  • A national campaign with local leadership 
  • An opportunity to keep improving policies and responses 
  • A year of heightened awareness 

Find out more

Respect Now Always

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