Leading work to ensure Griffith campuses are safe for students and staff

The Safe Campuses Advisory Group, chaired by the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Debra Henly is furthering the University’s progress in the prevention of and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The Advisory Group reports to the Vice Chancellor and University Council at regular intervals and will oversee continued progress related to each the Change the Course report recommendations and subsequent review recommendations in the areas of student counselling, policy and response pathways and accommodation services. Importantly, the Advisory Group will facilitate continued consultation and engagement with students and staff across the University, and with key external partners.

Change the Course

In 2017 and at the request of Australia’s 39 universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) conducted a national, independent survey of university students to gain greater insight into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.

In August 2017, the AHRC released the results of the survey together with 9 recommendations for Australian universities though the Change the Course report. The wide ranging report, commissioned by Universities Australia (UA) on behalf of universities, has made a total of nine recommendations – eight pertaining to universities and one to on-site residential colleges. Griffith University has committed to implementing the report’s recommendations in full.

In response, Universities Australia also released a 10-point action plan which includes a series of further sector-wide prevention, awareness and support initiatives that Australian universities can draw on to complement the many local initiatives they have underway to prevent and address sexual assault and sexual harassment in student communities.

Reviewing our progress

The University, through the Vice Chancellor, provides periodical updates to both the University Council and the Australian Human Rights Commission which outline both our progress towards each of the recommendations and planned future actions to ensure we can achieve real change.


To view the AHRC report in full.

For details on Griffith University’s survey results.

Universities Australia 10-point action plan.

View our progress updates:  

Safe Campuses report: October 2020

August 2018 report to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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