A safe community

Keeping our community safe

UWA is committed to ensuring all students, and staff, can work and study in a safe and inclusive environment. This includes having Help Points at several locations on campus and a 24/7 security service.

How can I contribute to a safer UWA community?

Get skilled

Learn more about healthy relationships by completing the Consent Matters Online course or know how best to support your mates by attending Step Up Bystander Training or Mental Health First Aid Training.

Speak up

Discuss any health or safety concerns with your Guild President or Guild Department Representatives, or report them to UWA Security.

Celebrate success

Nominate your favourite project for a Safer Communities Award. Read more and nominate for an award below. 

Collaborating makes our community safer

The Safer Communities Working Group was established in 2016 in response to the report by Australian Human Rights Commission. It exists to build a safe, inclusive and supportive campus culture at UWA. Both staff and students are members of the Working Group and come from across the University, including College Row and the Guild.

Areas of focus include:

  • Policy
  • Process and reporting
  • Environmental and structural measures
  • Prevention and cultural change
  • Support services
  • Communications

The Safer Communities Working Group 2019 Report outlines the initiatives aimed at preventing and responding to safety concerns and concerning behaviour at UWA.

Download report [PDF, 851KB]

If you’d like to find out more about the Safer Communities Working Group, contact Executive Officer Emma Hawkins.

Safer Communities Award

The University of Western Australia and UWA Student Guild are committed to ensuring all members of the University community are able to work and study in a safe environment that is free from danger, intimidation and harassment.

The 2020 UWA Safer Communities Award recognises the successes of key individuals or teams who have delivered projects that aim to create a safe, inclusive and supportive environment at the University in line with the UWA Student Experience Strategy – Experience UWA 2025.

Nominations are encouraged from individuals or teams across all areas of the University and its affiliates, including the Student Guild and College Row. Students and staff are both invited to apply. Nominations are also invited for collaborative projects between teams. Preference will be given to individuals or projects whose contributions extend beyond their usual core business.

Nominations have now closed and the winner will be announced in late October. 


2019 Safer Communities Award 

The winners of the 2019 UWA Safer Communities Award were the Juris Doctor Boarding Pass and the College Row Event Management Toolkit.

The Juris Doctor Boarding Pass was an initiative from the Academic Services team at UWA’s Law School that showcased an engaging way of presenting important information about student welfare services for students.

The College Row Event Management Toolkit was an innovative product that ensured a consistent and best practice approach to running safe and inclusive events at the colleges. A collaboration by UWA’s Health Promotion Unit and the five residential colleges, the sustainable model is being adapted for use by other areas of the University and other institutions.

College Row Cultural Review Report

In October 2017, UWA and the five residential colleges commissioned a review of sexual misconduct within the college setting in accordance to Recommendation 9 from AHRC’s research study and report. The overarching report findings are available in the Report’s Executive Summary.

Download Report [PDF, 3.2MB] 

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