Sexual assault and harassment

Do you need help? Contact Student Assist 

If you or anyone you know needs assistance, Curtin Student Guild’s qualified Student Assist officers can offer support, advocacy and confidential advice.

We are available for all Curtin students.


Student Assist is a qualified and experienced team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in social work, psychological and financial counselling.   


Students can be assured that they will be provided with a safe and non-judgemental space to speak with a Student Assist Officer.

Our team will provide you with information and options or refer you to a wide variety of services. We are unbiased, confidential  and—most importantly—we are run by the Guild, therefore completely independent of the University.

Contact us here  

Discrimination and Harassment

All students and those who work at Curtin University have the right to a safe campus that is free of harassment and discrimination.


Any case of sexual assault or sexual harassment at our University is unacceptable.

Survey into sexual assault and harassment at Australian universities

In September 2016, the Human Rights Commission launched a national survey to establish the extent of sexual assault and harassment across the university sector with the results released on 1 August 2017.

Tens of thousands of Australian university students were asked to participate in Australia’s first-ever national prevalence survey on university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. 

View the full report here 
View Curtin's results 
View Curtin Student Guild's media statement here

The survey is supported by the Curtin Student Guild as well as universities across Australia, the National Union of Students and the National Tertiary Education Union. 


What is sexual assault? 

  • Any sexual or sexualised act that makes a person feel uncomfortable, intimidated or frightened
  • Behaviour that a person has not invited or chosen
  • Can be one-off events, or part of a pattern of violence
  • Has a range of effects, including physical, emotional and psychological

What is sexual harassment?

  • Any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated
  • Interaction, flirtation or friendship which is NOT mutual or consensual

What is consent?

Not only is sex without consent a crime but being pressured or forced into a sexual situation you’re not ready for (also known as rape and sexual assault) can do lasting emotional damage. It’s not enough to just assume someone wants sex as much as you, you really have to ask.

Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic about having sex. In other words, that they give their full consent

It’s important that you are 100% sure that the person you’re with is happy and willing because non-consensual sexual activity (even kissing and touching) is actually against the law

Find out more 

Additional information about services to support victims of sexual violence can be found via the following websites

More information about the Universities Australia campaign can be found here.

New national support line

A support line for victims and survivors is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It will operate until 30 November 2017 and be run by specialist trauma counselling service, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

Telephone 1800 572 224