Australian Human Rights Commission survey and report

A significant part of the national Respect. Now. Always. initiative was the 2016 Australian Human Rights Commission's (AHRC) national survey to investigate the nature and scale of university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The outcome was the 2017 AHRC national report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities and a data report for each Australian university.

Deakin will be participating in the 2021 National Student Safety Survey (NSSS)The NSSS survey builds on and extends the survey conducted in 2016.

Deakin's 2016 Australian Rights Commission Survey Results

Deakin thanks the 649 students who completed this important survey in 2016. The AHRC data showed the experiences of the Deakin students who completed the survey were broadly consistent with the national findings. Based on the responses of the Deakin students who participated:

  • 50% had experienced some form of sexual harassment either at Deakin or in the community
  • 17% had experienced sexual harassment at Deakin (excluding while travelling to and from university)
  • 8.2% had experienced sexual assault either at Deakin or in the community
  • 2.3% had experienced sexual assault at Deakin.

The data from this survey can be difficult to interpret and we strongly recommend people read the notes on interpreting the institutional data.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (2017) Change the Course Report made a number of key recommendations to all participating Australian universities.

Deakin’s work to address the key recommendations is outlined in our most recent Report submitted to the Australian Human Rights Commission.