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NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018–2021

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 13 Prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment before it happens through national and targeted initiatives that promote informed consent, bodily autonomy and respectful relationships.
    • 14 Deliver client-centred, trauma-informed, specialised and consistent support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.

What are we doing?

The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018–2021 (the Strategy) is a whole-of-government framework to improve prevention and response to sexual assault in NSW. The Strategy includes 26 activities under five key priority areas:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Education
  • Supporting victims and survivors
  • Holding perpetrators to account
  • Reshaping the service system.

What have we achieved so far?

In May 2018, the NSW Government referred a review into sexual consent in the Crime Act 1900 (NSW) to the NSW Law Reform Commission. The review will examine the practical application of the law, sexual assault research and expert opinion, community views, experiences of sexual assault survivors, and developments in law, policy and practice in Australia and internationally.

In December 2018, the NSW Government launched phase one of the #makenodoubt social media campaign, with the aim of raising awareness about sexual consent. The campaign reached more than 286,000 people and included outdoor promotional posters with the campaign slogan “YES? + YES! = YES” and the distribution of campaign material to universities and TAFE campuses across NSW.

What is next?

The NSW Government will measure progress against each activity at the Strategy’s midpoint (2020) and in the final year of implementation (2021).

The Strategy will deliver a range of initiatives including:

  • Development of an e-learning package to support frontline professionals to work meaningfully and effectively with LGBTIQ people regarding sexual assault. It is anticipated that the package will be available from mid-2020.
  • Launch of phase two of the #makenodoubt campaign in late 2019, further increasing community awareness about sexual consent.

What difference will we make?

The Strategy aims to improve the service system for adults and children who experience sexual assault, while also holding perpetrators to account. The Strategy also seeks to raise community awareness of sexual violence and improve prevention and education measures in families and the wider community.

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