On 1 August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission released Change the Course - a National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities 2017. The report and its recommendations were based on the results of a national survey of students.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, accepted all nine recommendations including a recommendation that an advisory body should assess and publicly report on the University's progress towards implementation of these recommendations within 18 months of the release of this report. The ANU progress against AHRC Recommendations report is written in response to that recommendation.
The University continues to be committed to providing a safe and respectful campus, and welcomes the opportunity to report on progress on the nine recommendations. The University has a proud history of decades of student activists raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment on campus, lobbying for change and advocating for survivors. The University also has a long history of academic research regarding the issues, including that of the Gender Institute, and training, including bystander training and intervention programs in collaboration with external providers such as Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. The University values and is grateful for the ongoing work of activists, students and staff alike, and has built on this work and activism in responding to the Change the Course report and in developing its broader Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy.
The report is structured to address each of the nine recommendations and outline the actions the University has already taken.