Respect. Now. Always.

Respect now always

Who to contact

In an emergency - phone 000

Then call CDU Security on 08 8946 7777

CDU Counselling Services

During working hours : 08 8946 6288

CDU after-hours telephone crisis support 1300 933 393

Link to Sexual Harassment PolicyCharles Darwin University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment. Sexual assault and harassment are unacceptable.

CDU has a range of support services and people who can assist you.

In 2017, Universities Australia commissioned a survey and released the report Change The Course that reported on sexual assault and harassment at Australian universities. Following this report, CDU put in place a range of measures to address student and staff safety and increased our visibility of the support we offer through Respect.Now.Always campaignFor further information go to the panel - Australian Human Rights Commission report into university student sexual assault and sexual harassment survey and RNA Campaign.

Click on the links below to read the report, who to contact, and CDU's actions including the Consent Matters course.

Two actions to note are the establishment of Contact Officers on all campuses and online. Contact Officers are CDU staff that can be contacted by students or staff to assist them to access services or decide on action to take. Click on the tab below.

Another measure is Consent Matters – a free, online short informative course about sexual consent. It is easy to read and provides information to students about staying safe and keeping others safe. Click on the tab below.

In an emergency, you should call 000 immediately (medical, police or fire), then contact the University Security as soon as practicable on 1800 646 501.

Consent Matters - the course

Go to Consent Matters - the course.


2018 Respect.Now.Always Community Forum

A CDU Community Forum was held on 3 October 2018 with Professor Philip Seltsikas, PVC Student Engagement & Success; Jill Adams, Director, Office of People & Capability; and David Pech, Team Leader, Access and Inclusion.  Questions and Answers followed the presentations, with a discussion on campus activities and procedures.  For more information contact


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What is Sexual Assault & Harassment?

Sexual harassment and sexual assault is any unwanted, or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which is offensive, intimidating or humiliating to another person. Sexual assault is sexual behaviour that has not been consented to and is an abuse of entitlement and/or power. 

Importantly, harassment and assault are against the law.

Sexual harassment can take many forms and may include:

  • physical contact or the threat of physical contact
  • spoken or written comments, including online
  • jokes
  • propositions or the display of offensive material or behaviour that creates a sexually hostile environment.

Sexual assault can happen to people of all ages, genders and sexualities, within or outside a relationship.

Advice and support are available on campus and externally and information about these is provided below.

Remember: sexual assault is never the fault of the victim.

Consent Matters - the course

Consent Matters is a free, online interactive and evidence-based course that uses activities, quizzes and relatable character scenarios and explores and the nature of sexual consent, how to identify when it has been given and where it cannot be given.  This course teaches the importance of good communication, clear boundaries, and mutual respect.   

This course is for all adults.

The aim of the course is to provide students with the information and education to recognise difficult situations and possible ways of stepping in if you see or hear something that makes you uncomfortable or others need help.  It is about promoting positive change and ensuring that the university community is a safe and supportive environment for all. 

The module takes one hour to complete; however, it does not have to be completed all at once.  You can log in again and pick up where you left off. 

2019 Consent Matters course can be found in "My Units" box in Learnline.

Or you can access the course by following the steps below:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click on ‘How it Works’ on the top tab, then Register Now and complete the form registering with your email address. (If you’re having trouble finding your notification email, check your junk mail.). You will then receive an activation link to your email which you need to activate your account.
  3. Once registration is complete, users can log in to Consent Matters – Australian Version from the list of online courses available.
  4. Click on the course to begin.

Who to contact?

CDU Security

If you need assistance while on campus, contact CDU Security on 08 8946 7777.

Security staff will liaise with police, ambulance and/or CDU Support Services as necessary. Security also provides a chaperone service to escort students and staff around campus after hours.

CDU Counselling Service for Students

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by professionals. Our counsellors are social workers or psychologists with a counselling and mental health sub-speciality, and who are members to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA). Contact

Contact the CDU Counselling Service within Equity Services

T: 08 8946 6288

To book an appointment online

CDU After Hours Crisis Line: 1300 933 393

EASA support for staff:
Northern Territory locations only (toll-free): 1800 193 123
All other locations: 08 8941 1752

Complaints Management Unit


If you are having sex it is important to know the facts about sexually transmissible infections (STIs) contraception and how to stay safe.

Your general practitioner (GP/doctor)  will be able to help you or find a sexual health service in your area.

Charles Darwin University offers confidential and non-judgemental advice through the counselling service in Equity Services. For further information or to book an appointment online: or phone 8946 6288.

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Telephone Number

Email Address &Web Address






Counselling & Support

CDU Counselling Service

08 8946 6288


CDU After Hours Crisis Line

1300 933 393



National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

1800 737 732



13 11 14



Universities Australia National Support Line

1800 572 224



EASA - Counselling & Support for CDU Staff

08 8941 1752


CDU Complaints Management Unit

08 8946 6509






Campus Security

CDU Security

08 8946 7777
1800 646 501


Counselling & Support

CDU Counselling Service

08 8946 6288


CDU After Hours Crisis Line

1300 933 393



Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Sexual Violence

08 8945 0155



Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

08 8922 6472


Darwin Community Legal Service

08 8982 1111
Free call 1800 812 953


CDU Complaints Management Unit

08 8946 6509

CDU Contact Officers

Contact Officers are the first point of contact for students and staff who are experiencing discrimination, harassment or bullying and want to talk to someone about their options or would like further information.

Contact Officers are trained in the basic skills and requirements of being a contact officer, equal opportunities legislation and responsibilities, bullying and discrimination legislation, mandatory reporting responsibilities in the NT, and how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence. 

For a list of CDU Contact Officers please click here.

This is a link to the Contact Officers list:

If you are interested in becoming a Contact Officer please contact People and Capability at

Australian Human Rights Commission report into university student sexual assault and sexual harassment survey and  RNA Campaign.

All members of Universities Australia, which commissioned this national survey, agreed to make public the survey results for their individual institutions. Click on the links below to access information on how to read the survey results, CDU's survey report and Universities Australia's 10-Point Action plan.

(Please note: Results showing ** indicate that the response rate was too small to be statistically relevant. CDU's response rate to the survey was comparable to those of other universities, but because our overall student numbers are relatively low, there were insufficient responses to be statistically relevant).


The CDU RNA Committee met in December, and updated the Action Plan for CDU, including:
  • continued promotion of the Consent Matters course to all students and staff and asking all to undertake the course in 2019;
  • supporting CDU to make Consent Matters mandatory for staff, student leaders and ambassadors and residential staff;
  • continuing the commitment to develop, support and communicate activities and actions undertaken to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment. 


CDU Security

If you need assistance while on any campus, contact CDU Security on Freecall: 1800 646 501 (Australia-wide 24/7) or Casuarina 08 8946 7777 (24/7)
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