There are options available to you, and services that can help you manage the impact that this can have on your life.
Counselling and Emotional Support
If you have experienced sexual harassment or assault and require advice, or you know someone who has, you can contact:
- Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – a Sydney University student service; The University of Sydney Psychology Clinic – Affordable psychological services; or the University Health Service – for health & wellbeing advice from a doctor.
- NSW Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 424 017, available 24 hours a day or visit nswrapecrisis.com.au for online counselling. The hotline is run by experienced professionals who can provide support, counselling and referrals to other services.
- The Sexual Assault Clinic at RPA Hospital provides face-to-face and telephone counselling services. Call (02) 9515 9040.
- 1800RESPECT is a 24 hour sexual, domestic and family violence counselling service. Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit the website
- More support services including those offered by the University and other useful contacts
Advice and Advocacy Support from SUPRA
Postgraduate students at Sydney University can consult a Student Advice and Advocacy Officer (SAAO) at SUPRA for free, confidential professional assistance on a wide range of academic and welfare issues. This can include confidential advice and support if you have experienced harassment, bullying, discrimination, violence, sexual assault or rape.
This could be a difficult time and you may find your studies and many aspects of your life have been affected. We can give you advice on your options including:
- Making a complaint to the University
- Making a report to the police
- Applying for special consideration or appeals
- Advice on counselling and other services available to you
- Advice on other areas of your life that may be affected, including housing, tenancy, finances or employment
We are independent, confidential, and we can outline your options to help you decide what you want to do. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9351 3715 to set up an appointment. Or come to one of our drop-in sessions, when you can see a SAAO without making an appointment.
Making a Report
If you have experienced bullying, harassment, discrimination or sexual assault, you can make a formal complaint to Sydney University through the Student Affairs Unit or by calling 1800 SYD HLP (1800 793 457). If unsure about whether to make a complaint, or you need support to do so, strongly consider accessing counselling support or receiving advice from SUPRA before you do so.
The Australian Human Rights Commission Respect. Now. Always. Report
On 1st August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a report into sexual assaults on Australian university campuses. You can read more background on the report here.
You can find information on Sydney University’s response to the report on their safer communities page.