Western Sydney University will partner with Universities Australia, lead violence prevent organisation Our Watch, the Victorian Government’s Office for Women and other Australian universities, to develop a respectful relationships education program to be implemented across the Australian university sector.
The program is part of the University’s ongoing commitment to preventing sexual assault and harassment, and promoting respectful relationships on campus and in our communities.
The University will be one of four Australian universities that will contribute to this first-of-its-kind education program and online training module, specifically tailored for Australian university students.
Together with La Trobe University, Monash University, and Southern Cross University, Western Sydney University will work with Universities Australia and Our Watch to develop the online education module. Drawing on the best-available evidence and expertise from online learning and violence prevention experts, the program will be trialed with students over the next 18 months.
Western Sydney University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the University is pleased to be one of four universities participating in the pilot project.
“Preventing sexual violence is a society-wide challenge, and universities must continue to do their part by promoting respectful relationships, and working with students and staff to improve campus culture,” he said.
“We stand with our partners to address this important issue, and develop ways to prevent all aspects of sexual assault and sexual harassment.”
The online education module is part of the wider Respect and Equality Program, which promotes gender equality in our universities. This also includes developing workplace standards for the university sector, and creating training packages, resources and toolkits for students, staff, senior leaders of universities, and the broader community.