Respectful and inclusive communities

Everyone has the right to live, work and study in a safe and supportive environment. We take a proactive approach to prevent discrimination, harassment and sexual harm, and are committed to continually improving our response and support services.

Working towards a better community

Deakin is committed to maintaining a strong culture of safety, mutual respect and inclusion both on and off campus. Our staff and students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to foster our inclusive and respectful community through initiatives, events and capacity-building programs.

Sexual harm prevention and response

As a university community, we all have a responsibility to address unacceptable attitudes and behaviours. Deakin defines sexual harm as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and any behaviour of a sexual nature that may be a crime and/or constitute student or staff misconduct.

Our aim is to:

  • prevent sexual harm (including sexual harassment and sexual assault) through the delivery of training and professional development
  • provide support to students and staff who have experienced sexual harm
  • respond to all disclosures of sexual harm in a trauma informed, supportive and person-centred way.

If you or any member of the University community has experienced sexual harm, we are here to support you. This applies to incidents that have happened recently or in the past, and regardless of the location (off campus, in a residence, online or on campus).

Download our Respect and Sexual Harm 2024 Plan (PDF, 1.3MB)

Download our Respect and Sexual Harm Prevention Report 2023 (PDF, 1MB)

Discover our Safer Community resources

Learn more about sexual harm

Our priorities

We are working to continually improve and act on sexual harm. To date, we've:

  • Created a primary point of contact (Safer Community) for anyone to disclose or report sexual harm and be connected to free, confidential and professional support.
  • Implemented a confidential internal database to record disclosures of sexual harm.
  • Established a Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group, which governs and reviews respect and sexual harm plans and activities.
  • Introduced an Online Respect Module, which is available for all students to complete.
  • Established training and education on ‘Respect’ and ‘Understanding Interpersonal Violence’ for student leaders from Deakin’s Student Association, student clubs and peer leadership programs.
  • Started the process of introducing compulsory online induction program for Deakin's accommodation students, alongside our RESPECT values program.
  • Established additional training and support for staff who work directly with students, including a compulsory module on 'Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Harm'.
  • Created a proactive approach and focus on continual improvement via Deakin's Respect and Sexual Harm Strategy and annual Action Plan.
SafeZone – Deakin’s on-campus safety app

SafeZone – Deakin’s on-campus safety app

SafeZone is our free app for all Deakin students and staff that connects you with our security team. It’s there for you to use in emergencies, if you require first aid or if you just need some help. Once activated, the app provides Deakin Security with your location so they can reach you as quickly as possible. It’s available 24/7 across all campuses, so you can get the help you need no matter the time or day.

National Student Safety Survey

The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) forms part of an ongoing commitment from Australian universities to ensure student safety, prevent sexual harm in university communities, and improve how universities respond to and support those who have been affected.

Learn more about the National Student Safety Survey

Support is available when you need it

Emergency support

If you are experiencing an emergency or have just experienced sexual assault or assault, call the following.

  • 000 for immediate emergency support
  • 1800 062 579 for Security on all campuses, 24/7

Further support

For free, confidential support, help is available on and off campus.

  • Safer Community 9244 3734 (available 9am–4pm)
  • 1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 (24/7 support)

SafeZone app

Download the SafeZone app to your Apple or Android device, and register your Deakin email address.

Connect with us

Got a question or need more information? Our team are here to help.

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