2021 National Student Safety Survey

In 2016, the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a national, independent survey of Australian university students to gain greater insights into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities. The findings of that survey, known as the Change the Course Report, can be found here.

The Social Research Centre has been funded to conduct the next national survey on students’ perceptions of safety at Australian universities and experiences relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault. The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) will be running in 2021 from Monday 6 September to Sunday 3 October.

Like the Change the Course Report, the NSSS aims to measure the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment experiences among university students at Australian universities, as well as broader perceptions of safety and views towards student campus life. University students from across Australia - including 10,000 Monash students - will be randomly invited to participate in the survey.

The findings of the survey will help to better understand the context in which these behaviours occur, understand help seeking and reporting behaviours, and inform universities’ services and responses for student safety and wellbeing.

How can I share more about my experiences?

Alongside the survey, the Social Research Centre will open an anonymous online form for students who would like to share more about their experiences. The online form is open to all current university students, or students that have been enrolled in an Australian university in the past five years, and can be accessed at nsss.edu.au from 6 September to 3 October 2021.

If you have been invited to participate in the survey, we suggest that you complete the survey before the additional online form.

Need support?

There’s no right or wrong way to deal with sexual assault or sexual harassment, you need to do what’s right for you. There are numerous support options, as well as reporting pathways, open to you at Monash and we encourage you to reach out for advice.

Safer Community Unit
Phone: (03) 9905 1599
Email: safercommunity@monash.edu

Phone (within Australia): (03) 9905 3020
Email (outside Australia): counselling-clayton@monash.edu

South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA)
Phone (enquiries): (03) 9928 8741
Phone (24-hour crisis support): (03) 9594 2289

To learn more about these services and the other options available, download the Monash bSafe app.

Further information