Content warning: this post mentions sexual assault and harassment, with no explicit detail. Resources for support are available at the bottom of the page. 

What is the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS)?

The NSSS was run across almost all Australian universities to measure student perceptions and experiences of their safety at university, and to estimate the prevalence of incidences of sexual harassment and assault. The aim of the survey is to inform universities about when and where such incidents might be occurring, how students might be seeking help and information, and to improve university responses and preventative measures for student safety and wellbeing.

How is GSA responding to the survey?

GSA is deeply disturbed by the results of the survey. GSA’s Elected Women’s Officer has been leading our work on this issue. You can hear her vision and achievements below.

If you would like to contribute ideas for how GSA can tackle this important work, please reach out to

Where can I go for support?

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732,
Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292,
MensLine: 1300 78 99 78,
QLife (referral service for LGBTQ people): 1800 184 527,
Djirra (family violence support for Aboriginal people): 1800 105 303,
CASA House – Centre Against Sexual Assault: (03) 9635 3610,
Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic (for STI testing and walk-in medical advice): (03) 9341 6200,
Victoria Legal Aid: 1300 792 387,


UMSU Sexual Harm and Response Coordinator:
UMSU Legal Service:
UMSU Advocacy:
UMSU Women’s Officers:

For more information about resources for students and survivors: