National Student Safety Survey

The 2021 National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) was a follow up survey to the 2016 Respect Now Always survey commissioned by Universities Australia (UA). The NSSS was delivered by the Social Research Centre (SRC) from 6 September – 3 October 2021, with the purpose of collecting data on the scale and nature of university experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The design, methodology and participant sampling of the 2021 NSSS meets the high standards of academically sound research. It was designed and tested to ensure all invited students, regardless of the nature of their personal experiences, felt welcome to contribute their voices. This ensures a comprehensive and representative picture of the nature, prevalence, and culture on university campuses.

We thank all students who participated in the national survey and those who also bravely shared their personal stories. CQUniversity will use findings from both the national report and our own institutional report to continue developing and implementing initiatives that seek to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault, and better support victim survivours.

Our University is committed to ensuring our campuses ad online platforms are safe, inclusive, and respectful spaces.

To view the national report findings from the 2021 NSSS please visit the National Student Safety Survey or Universities Australia websites.

CQUniversity Student Counselling and Wellbeing

Phone: 07 4930 9456

Students can also visit our Counselling webpage.

CQU Out of Hours Student Support Line

Phone: 1300 226 987 or
Text: 0480 097 747

Details of Australia-wide university support and safety services are also listed on the Universities Australia website.

The following national services are also recommended for anyone who has found this content distressing.

Emergency support

National supports

Mental health services and crisis lines
  • Lifeline: 13 1114 – 24 hour crisis counselling
  • Suicide call back service: 1300 659 467 – 24 hour counselling for anyone affected by suicide
  • 13YARN: 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporters to yarn to
  • Thirrili (Indigenous Suicide Services): 1800 805 801 – after suicide support
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36 – information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention
  • Headspace: 1800 650 890 – Online and telephone support for young people and families
  • Mensline Australia: 1300 789978 – Telephone and online support, information, and referral
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 – Telephone and online counselling support for ages 5 to 25
  • SANE Australia: 1800 18 7263 – Information for mental illness, treatment, and support
  • 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732 – National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 – 3pm to midnight, daily - anonymous and free LGBTI peer support
  • Translating & Interpreting Service: 13 14 50
Crisis Counselling Support – for victims and survivors of sexual assault and harassment