Sexual misconduct is never the fault of the person who experienced it. If you have experienced sexual assault or any other kind of sexual misconduct on campus, online or offshore, there are services available to support you (pdf, 52KB).
All support services provided by the University are LGBTIQ inclusive. You can also access LGBTIQ specific services included in the list below. If you would like find out more about the LGBTIQ support and advocacy on campus, read about our Pride Network.
Safer Communities Office staff are specialist staff members experienced in providing an immediate response to people that have experienced sexual misconduct. They can provide information about the services available and assist you to access the support you need.
Safer Communities Office staff are available 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, Sydney local time. You can speak to us or make an appointment on the phone +61 2 8627 6808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During COVID-19, in periods of lockdown, the Safer Communities Office is still available for contact, appointments can be conducted either by phone or Zoom confidentially whether you are currently within Australia or offshore.
If you have serious injuries, call 000 and request an ambulance.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you may need to access medical care. A doctor can test and treat you for any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and provide information on sexual assault and follow-up services.
You also have the choice of having a forensic examination if you were assaulted very recently and are thinking of reporting the crime to the police. You can have this done “just in case” and you do not need to decide at the time whether or not you want to report to the police.
If you’d like information about accessing a forensic medical examination, contact Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sexual Assault Service or your local sexual assault service.
You can also talk to someone about your options by contacting NSW Sexual Violence Helpline on 1800 424 017 or the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. Both are available 24/7 and online counselling options are available.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sexual Assault Service (24-hour service)
Counselling and medical services are available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Campus Security can arrange transport to RPA. They can be contacted on +61 2 9351 3333 and are available 24/7.
Ground Floor, KGV Building Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Missenden Rd, Camperdown
+61 2 9515 9040 (Monday to Friday)
+61 2 9515 6111 (after hours)
University Health Service
Medical services (not including forensic exams) are available in a compassionate, safe, and confidential space. Contact the University Health Service on +61 2 9351 3484 (8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, Sydney local time - except public holidays).
The Safer Communities Office has a collaboration with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), to provide a confidential outreach clinic that provides priority access to sexual assault counselling for University of Sydney students free of charge. It is available to all students who have experienced sexual assault.
Appointments are available either by phone or face to face and are available every Thursday and alternate Fridays during semester and fortnightly outside of semester.
If you'd like to access this service, contact the Safer Communities Office to make an appointment.
There are also a number of counselling and support services available outside of the University that you can access.
On-campus emergency accomodation is available if you need a safe space to stay. Contact the Safer Communities Office and they can outline your options and help you access this.
Outside business hours contact Campus Security on +61 2 9351 3333 (available 24/7) to access emergency accommodation.
You can also access help with emergency accommodation through your student representative group.
Independent student organisations at the University also provide additional forms of assistance for students, including support groups, advocacy and safe spaces.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
If you’re an undergraduate student, you can make a free appointment with an SRC Caseworker. Caseworkers can provide confidential assistance and support with student welfare issues. The SRC also employs solicitors that can assist undergraduate students with legal matters free of charge, including advice and representation. Call +61 2 9660 5222 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, Sydney local time, to make an appointment.
The SRC also has a number of support groups that represent student interests and can provide you with additional support and resources. Find out more on the SRC website.
Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA)
If you are a postgraduate student you can access free, confidential and independent advice from the Postgraduate Advocacy Service. For legal advice and information, you can contact SUPRA Legal Service.
NSW Sexual Violence Helpline
24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, and their non-offending supporters.
1800 424 017
NSW Health Sexual Assault Services - counselling and medical assistance
24/7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service.
1800 737 732
24/7 national telephone and online counselling service who can also provide crisis support and suicide prevention.
13 11 14
NSW Family and Community Services Link2Home crisis line
24/7 telephone service providing information and referral to specialist homelessness services, temporary accommodation and other appropriate services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
1800 152 152
NSW Domestic Violence Line
24/7 telephone service providing counselling and referrals to women experiencing domestic and family violence
1800 656 463
A NSW state-wide organisation providing a range of support services for people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities.
+61 2 8594 9555
A telephone and online counselling and referral service for people who are LGBTI.
1800 184 527 (3pm to 12am, Sydney local time, 7 days a week)
Online mental health organisation providing information and resources.