Safety and wellbeing

National Student Safety Survey: Monday 6 September - Sunday 3 October 2021

We're committed to our students and their safety! That's why we're participating in the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS).

The survey aims to collect anonymous and confidential data from randomly selected students at Australian universities, including 10,000 Charles Sturt students, on their experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Contribute to a safer future

The NSSS was commissioned by Universities Australia (UA) and is being conducted by our partners, the Social Research Centre.

Check your emails (and your junk email!) to see if you've received an email from the Social Research Centre. If you've been selected to participate in the survey, please don't pass up this opportunity to contribute to safer communities for Charles Sturt students. Be a part of the solution.

Since the last survey, over 800 major initiatives have been instigated by Australian universities to prevent and address sexual violence across society.

If you were not selected in the survey, but would still like to contribute or participate, you can share your stories anonymously.

Thank you to all Charles Sturt students who participate in this survey.


  • How do I part take in the survey?

    The survey commences from 6 September to 3 October 2021.

    10,000 Charles Sturt students have been randomly selected to participate in this survey to ensure results are representative of the student population.

    If you have been randomly selected, you will be contacted by the Social Research Centre. Participation is voluntary and involves completing an online survey. The survey questions will take 10–12 minutes to complete.

  • What if I was not selected, can I still participate?

    Yes, if you have not been randomly selected, as a current or former student enrolled within the past five years, you can still have your say by visiting the NSSS website from 6 September to 3 October 2021.

  • What if I have been selected and I don’t want to participate?

    If you wish to opt-out of the survey or have any questions about being invited to participate in the survey, please contact the Social Research Centre on 1800 023 040 or email

  • Why is this survey important to Charles Sturt University?

    No matter your circumstances, views or experiences, your participation in the survey is important to us. We want you to share your experiences in a way that will help us understand how we are helpful and where further action are is needed, to make our university a safer and more respectful environment for everyone.

    We want to hear about the full range of your collective experiences. This means hearing from people of different ages, sexualities, genders, abilities, cultures, degree pathways, modes of study, and countries of origin. We encourage you to do the survey, regardless of whether you have or haven't experienced inappropriate or illegal behaviour yourself.

  • Has COVID-19 affected student safety?

    International and Australian research indicates that COVID-19 may have contributed to an increase in gender-based violence and online abuse. Charles Sturt are concerned about these behaviours happening in student communities. The NSSS will ask students about their experiences of safety whether they are on campus, off-campus, on public transport, a student’s home or online.

  • Will anyone be able to identify me or my answers?

    All information is treated confidentially. Once the NSSS data collection is completed, all survey responses will be permanently de-linked from contact information used to invite you to participate.  This means that there will be no information in your survey responses that can identify you. All personal information will be destroyed by the Social Research Centre as soon as practical on completion of the research.

  • How can I seek immediate 24/7 support?

    We understand participating in this survey can be confronting for those students who have experienced or witnessed violence. We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our students and if you require support before, during, and after the survey or at any time help is available:

    • 1800RESPECT, the national sexual assault, family and domestic counselling service, available 24hours, 7 days a week on 1800 737 732 or
    • Lifeline – 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention: or 13 11 14
    • MensLine Australia - the telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns, including issues of violence: 1300 78 99 78 or
    • Men’s Referral Service - 1300 766 491: a men’s family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service for men using or at risk of using violent or controlling behaviour.
    • QLife - an anonymous and free peer support and referral service for the LGBTI community: 1800 184 527 or
  • When will the national results be released?

    After the results are collected and analysed by the Social Research Centre and Associate Professor Powell, a report will be provided to Charles Sturt University in early 2022.

  • Where can I find out more about the survey?

    The Social Research Centre has established a free-call helpdesk and email inbox for students.

    Call: 1800 023 040 (free call)



  • How can I request a counselling appointment from a University counsellor?

    Request a counselling appointment

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Line

    After-hours crisis support line