National Student Safety Survey

1 November – 28 November 2021

The Social Research Centre has been funded to conduct the national survey on students’ perceptions of safety at Bond University and experiences relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Our research team has partnered with leading expert on violence prevention Dr Anastasia Powell of RMIT to re-design and deliver the survey. The 2021 survey will build on and extend the first survey on sexual harassment and sexual assault conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016.

The survey will be conducted for Bond University in November 2021.

The development of the study has been funded by Universities Australia (the peak body for the university sector), while the implementation of the study with Bond University students has been funded by Bond University. The study has been approved by the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee.

Why is the survey being conducted?

The National Student Safety Survey is being conducted as part of the Respect. Now. Always. Initiative. The aim of the survey is to measure the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment experiences among university students at Bond University. It will also measure broader perceptions of safety and views towards student campus life. The findings of the survey will help to measure the extent of these experiences among university students. This in turn will help to understand the context in which these behaviours occur, understand help seeking and reporting behaviours, and inform universities’ services and responses for student safety and wellbeing.

How do I take part in the survey?

From 1 November – 28 November 2021, students will be randomly selected to participate in the survey to ensure results are representative of the Bond University student population. If you have been randomly selected, you will initially be approached via email. Some students may also receive an invitation via SMS.

What is involved if I am invited to participate?

Participation is voluntary and involves completing an online survey. The survey questions will take most people 10 to 12 minutes to complete. No matter your circumstances, views or experiences, your participation in the survey is important as it will help ensure the results of the study accurately represent the views of all students at Bond University.

How did we get your contact details?

Bond University has provided information about you to the Social Research Centre for the sole purpose of conducting the survey. All information is treated confidentially and stored on a secure computer system.

Once the survey data collection is completed, all survey responses will be permanently de-linked from contact information used to invite you to participate, meaning that there will be no information in your survey responses that can identify you.

All personal information will be destroyed by the Social Research Centre as soon as practical on completion of the research.

The Social Research Centre complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. For further information on our privacy policy, please see www.srcentre.com.au/research-participants/privacy.

Support services

Student safety and wellbeing is at the centre of the research process as the survey is developed and deployed. Contact details of free and confidential support services will be provided to you before, during and after the survey. These include university-based counselling and support services, as well as external counselling services, such as:

Please be aware that your survey responses about any sexual harassment or assault you may have experienced or witnessed do not constitute a formal report to Bond University. Your answers are completely confidential.

  • If you would like to make a formal report of sexual harassment, you may do so by contacting the national or state/territory anti-discrimination agencies or your University.
  • If you would like to make a formal report of sexual assault, you may do so by contacting the police or Bond University.

Further information

If you have any questions about being invited to participate in the survey, or you would like to opt out of the study, please contact 1800 023 040 or safetysurvey@srcentre.com.au.