Respect. Prevent. Respond.

Deakin University, Deakin Downtown | February 13–14 2020

Welcome to the 2nd Respect. Prevent. Respond. Conference.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to a successful and enriching 2019 conference. Especially our external stakeholders who so generously gave their time and energy to shape the program and those that travelled far and wide to attend and to reaffirm our sector-wide commitment to the prevention, elimination and appropriate response to sexual harm in the tertiary education sector.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2020 conference theme, ‘Sexual harm prevention and response in the tertiary education sector: working with diversity and intersectionality.’. The conference will continue to have a focus on the prevention and response to sexual harm. We hope that the 2020 theme will provide an opportunity to expand and build upon the conversation in 2019 to ensure that diversity and intersectionality is at the forefront of our work.

This year we have made improvements to our conference following the feedback and advice of participants and stakeholders. This includes ensuring that at least a third of our Conference Reference Group members are students. At Deakin, we firmly believe that our students are the University’s true north and we look forward to working in partnership with them.
We have ensured that another third of our Conference Reference Group are external stakeholders, so that our sector can be well linked to practices and activities with community and government agencies.

Lastly, I would like to thank the current Chair of the Conference Reference Group, Professor Ann Taket who gave up her time and energy to see this conference to fruition, and to welcome Associate Professor Lisa Hanna who shall chair the Reference Group when Professor Taket retires at the end of year.

I look forward to seeing you at Deakin Downtown in 2020 and to learn about the progress, research and practices across the sector.

John Devereaux
Executive Director, Student Life 
Deakin University

Targeted sectors

  • University
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Independant education and training providers
  • Student residential college and accommodation services

Ideal audience

  • Academics and researchers
  • Directors and managers of student services
  • Managers of counselling and psychological services
  • University, TAFE, RTO and VET sector psychologists, counsellors and social workers
  • Campus services and facilities
  • Campus security
  • Workplace health and safety officers and managers
  • Equity and diversity practitioners
  • International student support officers and managers
  • Student’s right officers and advocates
  • Student engagement managers and officers
  • Primary prevention officers and practitioners
  • Respectful relationships educators
  • Residential college or accommodation services staff
  • Safer community advisors and managers


Registration for the 2020 conference is open.

Early-bird registration (extended to 5 December 2019): $495
Standard registration (after 5 December 2019): $550
Student registration (if purchased in 2019, tickets are limited): $285 
Prices include GST.

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The Conference Committee

The Conference Reference Group


Co-Chair: Professor Ann Taket

Co-Chair: Professor Lisa Hanna

Professor Beth Crisp

Professor Amanda Keddie

Dr Anne Stephens, Respect Victoria

Tegan Whitten, Deakin University Student Association

Joshua McFarlane, Deakin University Student Association

Maryam Hasanova, Deakin University Student Association

Keynote and plenary speakers

Sharna Bremner

Sharna Bremner

Sharna Bremner
Founder and Co-Director, End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia Ltd

Sharna Bremner is Founder and Co-Director of End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia, a volunteer-run organisation that works to end sexual violence at Australian universities and residential colleges by directly supporting survivors and their communities, through education, and by advocating for policy reform at the campus, state and national levels.

Since 2016, EROC has achieved a number of positive outcomes for student-survivors, including launching a national database of relevant university policies, procedures and support services at each of Australia's 39 universities, filing the first-known federal complaint with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency against an Australian university (for failing to adhere to the Higher Education Standards Framework) and securing law reform in Tasmania to allow survivors to share their stories publicly.

EROC’s work has been recognised with several awards, including the 2017 Edna Ryan Education Award and the 2018 HESTA Social Impact award. EROC was also a finalist in the Community Organisation category at the 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission awards.

Sharna is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and has worked in international higher education since 2010.

Joanna Brislane

Joanna Brislane

Joanna Brislane
Manager of Practice Systems, Our Watch

Jo Brislane is the Manager of Practice Systems at Our Watch, Australia’s national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children. Having worked in this field in Australia and the Pacific for over 10 years, she is currently leading Our Watch’s partnership with Universities Australia to develop a whole-of-institution model to prevent violence against women.

Jo has led work on implementing respectful relationships education in schools, as well as development of the Workplace Equality and Respect standards and tools. She currently manages a team of staff at Our Watch responsible for prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces, sports and TAFEs.

Tracey Gaudry

Ms Tracey Gaudry

Tracey Gaudry
CEO, Respect Victoria

A senior executive, non-executive director, former professional cyclist and dual Olympian, Tracey Gaudry has held leadership roles in corporate, community and for-purpose organisations for more than 20 years. She's championed improved outcomes for local, state, national and global communities with a focus on inclusion, diversity and gender equality.

As the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Respect Victoria, Tracey is responsible for leading the organisation to realise its mission to prevent all forms of family violence and violence against women by challenging the harmful systems and behaviours that lead to violence. Prior to joining Respect Victoria in August 2018, her executive roles included CEO of Hawthorn Football Club and CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation.

Tracey is a director and immediate past Vice-President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for the sport of cycling. Her portfolios include Chair of the Women’s Commission and membership to the Commission of Continental Presidents, where she has been instrumental in driving global reform, particularly in governance, advocacy, grassroots development and gender equity. Prior to her roles in community and sports administration, Tracey was a senior executive in the professional services sector. She holds degrees in commerce and science, and a masters degree in management.

Sally Goldner AM

Sally Goldner AM

Sally Goldner AM
Educator and Treasurer, Transgender Victoria

Sally Goldner has been involved in Victoria’s queer communities for 20 years. Her experience includes Transgender Victoria (currently Educator and Treasurer), presenter of 3CR’s Out of the Pan, co-facilitator of TransFamily and Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance Victoria.

Sally is the focus of the autobiographical documentary Sally’s Story and a life member of Seahorse Club of Victoria, Zoe Belle Gender Collective, Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Polyvic.

Prior to her induction into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2016 (the first trans and first-known bi woman to receive the honour), Sally was awarded LGBTI Victorian of the Year in 2015 and noted in The Age’s Top 100 most creative and influential people in Melbourne in 2011. She spent two weeks in St Petersburg Russia as a juror for the Side-By-Side LGBT Film Festival in November 2015 and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2019.

Sally's accomplishments include contributing to the achievement of Victorian (2000) and Australian law (2013) protecting trans and gender-diverse people from discrimination, and ongoing education and speaking. She's also an educator, speaker, MC and occasional performer (all in contrast to her original accountancy training) – Watch this space for more to come!

Dr Renee Hamilton

Dr Renee Hamilton

Dr Renee Hamilton
Policy Director of Safety and Wellbeing, Universities Australia

Dr Renee Hamilton leads the Australian university sector’s Respect. Now. Always. initiative, which aims to prevent sexual violence and improve support for those affected by it. She manages University Australia’s partnership with Our Watch and the Victorian Government to develop a whole-of-institution model to prevent violence against women.

Renee has worked in social policy agencies and the community sector on gender equality issues, including the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. With a background in psychology, she has supported victims of family violence, young women with serious mental health disorders and wards of the state.

Professor Amanda Keddie

Professor Amanda Keddie

Professor Amanda Keddie
Chair of Education, Deakin University

As a Research Professor at Deakin University, Amanda Keddie examines the processes and conditions that can affect the pursuit of social justice in education institutions and community organisations. Amanda’s qualitative research has largely been based within the Australian and English schooling contexts, with a particular focus on gender and cultural diversity.

Her latest books are Supporting and Educating Young Muslim Women: Stories from Australia and the UK (2017) and Autonomy, Accountability and Social Justice: Stories of English Schooling (2019). Her recent Fulbright Senior Scholarship focused on exploring new educative approaches to supporting gender justice within schools and NGOs, with a particular focus on engaging boys and men in feminist work.

Joshua McFarlane

Joshua McFarlane

Joshua McFarlane
Welfare Officer, Deakin University Student Association

Josh is a second-year mature-age arts student. He currently majors in politics and public relations, and hopes to one day fulfil his dream of being a lobbyist. He is the secretary of the Deakin Pride Queer Society in Burwood, Treasurer of the Deakin Volunteer Society in Burwood and Treasurer of the Deakin Geelong Queer Collective.

Josh is also passionate about workers’ rights and currently works in the trade union movement.

Dr Lorraine Sheridan

Dr Lorraine Sheridan

Lorraine Sheridan
President, Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
Forensic psychologist and senior lecturer, Curtin University

Lorraine Sheridan is a chartered forensic psychologist and international expert on stalking and harassment. She's the current President of the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and a founding member of the European Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Lorraine completed Europe’s first PhD on stalking and has so far published four books and more than 50 papers on the subject. Her research takes an applied, interventionist angle, and she frequently trains professionals involved in investigating and managing stalking and other crimes. Lorraine also advises on policy and has advised a number of governments.

A police-accredited offender profiler who compiles psychological reports on offenders, Lorraine consults widely for public organisations and global corporations in managing a variety of problem behaviours.

Tegan Whitten

Tegan Whitten

Tegan Whitten
Vice President, Deakin University Student Association (DUSA)

Tegan is the Vice President of DUSA and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Health Sciences with majors in psychology and environmental health. She is President of the Geelong Deakin University Biomed Society (DUBS) and Engagement Officer of the Geelong Labor Club.

As a student with a disability, Tegan knows all too well the barriers that exist for those trying to complete their higher education. She is a strong advocate at Deakin for better accessibility and equity for all students.

Vincent Wilson

Vincent Wilson

Vincent Wilson
CEO, Deakin Residential Services

Vincent Wilson is a CEO, director and industry leader. As the Chief Executive Officer of Deakin Residential Services (DRS), he's responsible for the overall operational and strategic leadership of a subsidiary of Deakin University, with the primary purpose of sustainably developing and managing outstanding and market-leading student accommodation premises, services and support for Deakin students.

Vincent is also a recent Past President of the Asia–Pacific Student Accommodation Association (APSAA) and has served on the 2019 faculty for the Global Housing Training Institute, one of the signature professional development opportunities for student housing professionals worldwide. With over 10 years exposure to senior leadership roles in the hospitality, student accommodation and university sectors, he is a strategic thinker with experience across all areas of business operations.


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