Monday 7 May 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has been engaged by the University of New England (UNE) to conduct an independent review of its residential colleges. As part of this review, the Commission is calling for submissions from current UNE College residents, and former UNE college residents that left a UNE college in or after 2015.

Through the review process, the Commission is seeking to gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • the culture at each UNE college, specifically in relation to attitudes towards women, sexual harassment and sexual assault
  • the factors which contribute to the risk of sexual assault and sexual harassment in UNE residential colleges, and
  • barriers to reporting sexual assault and sexual harassment at UNE residential colleges.

You are not required to answer all of the questions in order to make a submission. Any question in the submission form that does not apply to you, can be left blank. By making a submission you are not making a formal complaint or report of sexual assault or sexual harassment. We will take the information you provide into account in the preparation of our report, however, we will not pass on details of specific cases on to police or other services or investigate the matter further. 

In certain circumstances, Commission staff and others involved in this review may be obligated to report to the relevant authorities, an act that constitutes a ‘serious indictable offence’ under relevant State laws. This is known as ‘mandatory reporting’. Mandatory reporting obligations may also arise in instances of abuse or other crimes in relation to children and minors. Whether mandatory reporting obligations are triggered in this review will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be discussed with you if necessary.


Make a submission

Getting Support

Making a submission about an experience of sexual assault and/or harassment can be distressing. If you decide to make a submission but find that either during or after completing the submission, that relaying the experience(s) of sexual assault and/or harassment is causing you distress, you can access counselling support through:

  • Armidale Sexual Assault Counselling Service (02) 6776 9655
  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017