Respect. Now. Always

Respect. Now. Always

Respect. Now. Always.

Macquarie University is committed to preventing and responding to incidents of sexual assault and to providing ongoing support.

In New South Wales, sexual assault is a term used to describe sexual or sexualised acts that make a person feel uncomfortable, intimidated or frightened. It is behaviour that is not wanted or welcomed and where consent has not been given. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, sex, gender or ability.

The response to sexual assault is different for everyone who experiences it and can include immediate, short-term and long-term physical and psychological effects on wellbeing.

In Australia, one in five women over the age of 15 have been sexually assaulted (Australia Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey, 2012) and 27 per cent of female university student survey respondents (National Union of Students, 2015) have experienced some form of sexual assault.

The arrival of The Hunting Ground (2015) documentary in Australia has renewed interest in the incidence of sexual assault and harassment in Australian universities. The Hunting Ground is a powerful and confronting documentary that points to American campus cultures and systems that allow and protect a raft of disrespectful and criminal student behaviours, where victims who report incidents face ‘victim blaming’, denial, delays and bureaucratic obfuscation.

In response, Universities Australia has launched a campaign called Respect. Now. Always. which many universities have adopted. Macquarie University has developed a cultural change project under the name of Respect. Now. Always., which aims to improve our capacity to prevent and respond to sexual violence incidents involving Macquarie students and staff.

The project includes:

  • consultative policy and procedure review
  • development of a central online hub
  • sex and ethics education program for student leaders and key staff
  • awareness campaign for students, including the screening – led by the Vice-Chancellor – of The Hunting Ground
  • participation in the National Sexual Assault and Harassment Survey.

Support and contact

Links and resources


Macquarie University Emergency Care

1800 227 367 (24/7)

Macquarie University security

Call (02) 9850 7112 or (02) 9850 9999 (24/7)

Report online

Macquarie University Campus Health and Wellbeing

(02) 9850 7497

Opening hours
Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm

Macquarie University Student Advocacy and Support

Call (02) 9850 7497

Opening hours
Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm

Macquarie University Health and Safety

Report online

Indigenous Hub – Walanga Muru

Visit the Walanga Muru website.


To address immediate safety concerns, call the police on 000.

Alternatively, you can call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 for non-emergencies.

Information on making a report to the police

The New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) provides victims of sexual assault two options in making a report. The first and preferred option is to contact the nearest police station and make a formal complaint. The second option is to complete the Sexual Assault Reporting Options (SARO) questionnaire. By reporting the assault to police, vital information can be obtained about this type of crime. The information gathered can be used to prosecute an offender and to develop strategies to reduce this crime type.

Macquarie University security

Call (02) 9850 7112 or (02) 9850 9999 (24/7)

Report online


Need a doctor after hours?

Contact the 24hr GP Service on 137 425

Macquarie University Hospital - GP services

Bulk billing is available to students, pensioners, healthcare card holders and staff of Macquarie University Hospital.

Macquarie University Hospital GP service accepts most international student health cover.


Macquarie University Clinic
Suite 305, Level 3, 2 Technology Place
Macquarie University, NSW 2109

Opening hours

Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm
Saturday, 8.30am – 12.30pm
Closed on public holidays


(02) 9812 3944

Ryde Hospital

Denistone Road, Eastwood, NSW 2122


(02) 9858 7888

Sexual Assault Services – Northern Sydney

Business hours: (02) 9462 9477
After hours: (02) 9926 7111 (Royal North Shore Hospital)

Opening hours

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm


General support
Women's support
Men's support
  • QLife (LGBTIQ Counselling Services)
  • Twenty10 (incorporates gay and lesbian counselling services
  • Another Closet - Domestic and family violence support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex or queer
Sexual Assault

The website offers comprehensive resources on what is:

The NSW Rape Crisis Centre provides the following PDF factsheets and resources:

Law Stuff

Visit the Law Stuff website for information on sexual assault

Sexual violence prevention and response
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