Assault and Harassment

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

At SIBT, we strive to provide a safe, supportive and caring learning and working environment that is free from both harassment and assault as outlined under state and federal law.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Policy   contains information about what is considered sexual assault and harassment, and identifies responsibilities for managers, supervisors, staff and students.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature that makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated, and which a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would have anticipated the possibility that the person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.

Sexual harassment can take many forms and occur between men and women; women and other women; and men and other men.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced, or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 18 is exposed to sexual activities.

Sexual assault is a crime and is never the victim's fault.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone in our community regardless of age, sexuality, gender, socio-economic status, cultural background or relationship status.

We consider sexual assault a serious crime.

Reporting sexual assault and harassment

Our web page has information on support and reporting options for students and staff who have experienced sexual harassment.

The Sexual Offences Reporting Form was created for reporting any sexual offence, meaning a sexual activity that was unwanted, not consented to or that made a person feel uncomfortable. The portal securely captures all reports for investigation by the response team. The form is not intended to replace emergency services.

The form accepts anonymous*, witnesses and bystander reports.

We support those who report sexual harassment or sexual assault, and we encourage reporting. 

If this is an emergency, we encourage you to contact the NSW Police and seek assistance from the nearest hospital. You can also access medical attention from your local GP.

* Your privacy is important to us. While you may lodge a report anonymously, we may be unable to follow-up your report or investigate the matter. Information about privacy is available through the link below.

Internal support 

• Students – If you want to speak privately with our free student Counselling Service or Welfare Service please make an appointment here. You can find out more about these services at Student Support Services

• Staff - Staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) via LifeWorks application or call Crisis Support Line on 1800 512 188. The EAP is a free, anonymous service to all employees.

External support

There are many sexual assault services throughout NSW that provide free counselling to victims of sexual assault:

• NSW Rape Crisis is a 24/7 telephone (1800 424 017) and online crisis counselling service for anyone in NSW—men and women—who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault

• ACON have a range of resources and support services for LGBTIQ people (9206 2000) and at ‘Say it out Loud

NSW Health has a network of specialist Sexual Assault Services (SAS) delivered by local health districts

• Police – Contact 000 in an emergency. Police are well trained to provide assistance to people who have been sexually assaulted. You can report a sexual assault at your nearest Police station. SIBT support staff, NSW Health sexual assault services, and 1800RESPECT can also help facilitate this process.