National Student Safety Survey

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CQUniversity understands that the findings released and the discussions that will follow may be distressing for staff and students at the university as well as for members of the wider community. CQUniversity students who need support are encouraged to connect with the University’s free and confidential support services, including:

  • CQUniversity Student Counselling and Wellbeing: or 07 4930 9456. Students can also visit our Counselling webpage.
  • CQU Out of Hours Student Support Line: 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 to anyone for anyone who has found this content distressing.

  • 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 or
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 or
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 or
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 or
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36 or

About the 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.

CQUniversity thanks 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 survivors.

CQUniversity 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’s institutional report

CQUniversity's response to the 2021 NSSS Findings