Education & training

This page provides information about programs that promote social change and the elimination of sexual violence through inclusive education and campus wide collaboration. Training is also available to assist staff and student leaders across a wide range of roles and departments on how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence.

Consent Matters

Consent Matters is our free online course that will help you understand sexual consent and how to recognise situations when consent can and can't be given, whatever your gender or sexuality. The course can support you in thinking about your own boundaries and how to talk about them. It also demonstrates different ways you could step in if you see or hear something you're uncomfortable.

Undergraduate students complete the module here

Postgraduate coursework students complete the module here

Postgraduate research students completed the module here


Responding to disclosures of sexual violence

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence is an online course available to all staff and students through Pulse which ensures university staff and student leaders provide a consistent response across ANU to disclosures of sexual violence. Developed in collaboration with an international range of higher education experts and professional practitioners, this course provides uniquely high-quality, interactive and comprehensive training on the first response to disclosures.

The course aims to empower staff and student leaders across a wide range of roles and departments to manage this sensitive and complex issue, providing skills to respond appropriately, empathetically and confidently.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the issues and initiatives around sexual violence, both in higher education institutions and in wider society.
  2. Define what constitutes consent and identify the legal definitions of sexual offences.
  3. Dispel common myths and misconceptions around sexual violence.
  4. React and respond to survivors appropriately, demonstrating empathy and establishing boundaries.
  5. Explain the different support and reporting options available to survivors.
  6. Demonstrate best practices for responding to a disclosure, and apply these to the ACT and ANU context and in line with ANU policy.
  7. Recognise when you (as the responder) may need support in dealing with a disclosure.

This education package is available for all ANU staff and students through PULSE.