Training requirements & opportunities

Compulsory Modules for New Students: Consent Matters

The Consent Matters online modules are 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 3 modules and 3 quizzes. If you are unable to complete the program for reasons outside of program access, please contact your Residential Head of Hall. Please be assured that requests will be treated with respect, care and confidentiality.

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 a new ANU student, you will need your Student UserID to register in Wattle before commencing the training.

Consent Matters - Living On Campus (all halls, colleges and lodges) - 2020

Consent Matters - Living Off Campus - 2020

Residential staff and student 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.  Training rolled out by the University within the residences includes:


Target Audience

Consent Matters (Online)

Student inductions

Follow up consent and support services (face to face)

Student inductions

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence (Online)

Staff and Student Leaders

Responding to Disclosures: follow up (face to face)

Staff and Student Leaders

MATE Bystander Train the Trainer

Staff and Student Leaders

MATE Bystander Training

Staff and Students

The following additional programs have been added to the training schedule and will be available for all residential halls to complement existing training. 

Respectful Relationships Unit Information Sessions (face to face)

Staff and Students

Understanding Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (face to face)

Staff and Students

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence Facilitator Led Session (face to face)

Staff and Student leaders

Respectful Relationships in our Everyday (face to face)

Staff and Students

Bespoke/Tailored training options

Staff and Students

Building Ethical Communities

Staff and Students

Consent- Enlivening Consent Matters