Report

Report to the Minister for Education: Higher education sector response to the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment

An overview of Australian higher education provider responses to the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment
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Universities Higher education Students Sexual assault Sexual harassment Sector regulation Australia
Description

In August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities report, which presented the AHRC’s findings on the prevalence and nature of sexual assault and sexual harassment in Australian universities. The AHRC’s report also provided universities with nine recommendations to prevent and respond to the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment. 

In response to the Change the Course report findings, the then Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, requested that all Australian universities inform TEQSA about their approach to the issues raised in the report. 

While the Change the Course report focused on universities, the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment is not unique to universities. In December 2017, the then Minister also wrote to the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) and TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), with a similar request for information outlining their members’ response to the issue to be sent to TEQSA. In February 2018, following discussions with ACPET, COPHE and TDA, TEQSA wrote to independent and TAFE higher education providers.

This report presents TEQSA’s analysis of the responses and information on the websites of 42 universities and 126 independent and TAFE higher education providers. The report explains the method by which the analysis was undertaken, and details the actions TEQSA is taking to support provider responses to the incidence of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

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