Training requirements & opportunities

Consent Matters:  compulsory modules for all ANU students:

The Consent Matters program is compulsory for all students through Wattle. The online modules explore the nature of sexual consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can't be given.

The modules also encourage participants to recognise the importance of good communication, clear boundaries and mutual respect within our sexual and non sexual relationships. The principles of bystander intervention, particularly when and how to intervene, are also explored.

Students are required to complete all the modules.  If you are a new ANU student, you will need your Student UserID to register in Wattle before commencing the training.

Students living on campus:

Students living on campus (all Halls, Colleges and Lodges) must complete the program before they move into their residences. We are unable to issue room keys on arrival until you have completed the program unless you have received prior exemption from your Residential Head of Hall, College or Lodge.

We encourage you to get started on the course as soon as possible to ensure you complete it by the deadline. It is your responsibility to check that you have successfully completed all components of the program prior to the deadline.

If you are unable to complete the program, please contact your Residential Head of Hall. Please be assured that requests will be treated with respect, care and confidentiality.

You can access the training here:

Students living off campus:

The Consent Matters program for ANU students living off campus can be accessed here:


Residential staff and student leader training program

Since 2016 the ANU has worked to design and implement a comprehensive training program inclusive of online training, face to face training and development of trained facilitators in a variety of subject areas including consent, responding to disclosures of sexual violence training and MATE bystander training. This training is available in varying formats to students, staff and student leaders.

Since 2018 a rolling training plan was developed within the aim of providing staff and students with guidelines on how to create a safe and respectful campus.  The training includes education programs which aim to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment from occurring and improve our responses when incidents do occur.