If you’ve received an email to participate in the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS), you should complete it! This is your chance to share your experiences of safety on La Trobe campuses and contribute to national research. Even if you’ve had no experience with safety on campus, we want to know that too.
What is the National Student Safety Survey?
The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) is an initiative funded by Australian universities that collect data to determine the scale and nature of the sexual assault and sexual harassment (sexual harm) experienced by university students. This is the second national survey of its kind – the results of the first survey were released on 1 August 2017 and conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
Why will this help La Trobe?
Completing this survey will help us:
- Gather data on the prevalence of sexual harm on and around our campuses
- Evaluate students’ knowledge of the safety services we have in place now
- Determine if there is more we can do to make our campuses safer
Completing this survey will help us to keep other students safe.
What has La Trobe done since the last survey results?
La Trobe has implemented many changes to address the results of the last survey. Some of these include:
- Partnerships with external agencies to develop safety programs i.e. Our Watch
- Growth and development of our Safer Community service
- Establishment of Respect, Prevention and Culture department within Student Wellbeing
- Safety training and education programs
- Making improvements to a range of safety and security measurements on campus
- Development of the Sexual Harm Prevention and Response policy
Where can I complete the Survey?
If you were one of the randomly selected 10,000 La Trobe students, you can find your survey link in your student email inbox.
If you haven’t been selected but still want to share your experience, the Social Research Centre is inviting you to complete the survey. You can follow this link.
I want to know more
Great! We have an NSSS La Trobe FAQ page set up with some more info about the survey.
You can also visit the Social Research Centre’s official page for more information.
I need support
If this article has brought up any concerns for you, there are support services available. La Trobe has a variety of safety and security options you can contact depending on your situation, both on and off-campus. For a full list of extensive services, have a look at this article.
For support now, consider the following options.
In an Emergency
- Call police or emergency services – (24 hours) Triple Zero ‘000’
- If on-campus then call Campus Security – (24 hours) 03 9479 8888. They need to be aware of the incident to let emergency services on campus if required and can assist until their arrival.
La Trobe’s Safer Community Service
It is a free, confidential* support service you can contact if you experience or witness concerning, threatening, inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviour. This behaviour can occur on-campus and off-campus, such as on public transport or in the home.
Safer Community provides expert advice and information. They also offer you options and referrals to help resolve your concerns to keep you and other safe.
*Refer to Safer Community website for a full privacy and confidentiality statement and limitations.
La Trobe’s Student Counselling
Free, short-term counselling for currently enrolled students, including LGBTIQA+, Indigenous, Men and Women specific counsellors.
Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (for students in Melbourne)
NCASA are specialist counsellors for people who have experienced sexual assault. Call their counselling line on 03 9496 2240.
There is also a NCASA worker that operates out of the La Trobe Counselling department once a week so it is easy for students to access her.
They’ll also be able to connect regional students with their closest Centre Against Sexual Assault.
For after-hours help, call 1800 806 292.
1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
A 24-hour helpline offering support to support impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.