Providing a safe environment at La Trobe

Vice-Chancellor John Dewar

Recent reports of inappropriate behaviour at some Australian universities reinforce the importance of La Trobe University's commitment to provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the community.

At the beginning of the year La Trobe established 'Project Unified' to ensure that our campuses are safe and respectful places for all students, staff and visitors. The Project team is actively engaging students and staff to work collaboratively in developing education, support and violence prevention initiatives as part of the positive changes that are needed to ensure that our campuses are safe places for everyone.

If you have experienced or are concerned about unacceptable behaviour at La Trobe, I encourage you to provide feedback so that we can address these issues. If you wish to provide information please contact the Project Unified team via email at

The Project Unified team are happy to take written contributions but can also talk over the phone or face-to-face if you prefer. If you wish to speak directly to a team member, please email your request with relevant contact details and a member of the project team will contact you.

As a student you can access a range of support services or you can lodge a student complaint.  

As a staff member you can access support services or lodge an incident report. 

A dedicated support hotline, 1300 687 399, has also been established for students and staff affected by violence. This service is free, confidential, and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service provides support from psychologists and social workers who are trained in trauma counselling.

Nothing is more important for La Trobe University than the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. No one within the La Trobe community should feel unsafe or alone, and I encourage you to access the services above should you feel unsafe or experience inappropriate behaviour.

Professor John Dewar