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Consent Matters

ECU is committed to ensuring we provide a respectful, inclusive and safe learning and working environment for staff and students. Consent Matters is one part of this commitment and sets out important information about how ECU expects you to conduct yourself in your relationships with others.

Across every industry, the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment is relevant and is being addressed in a more visible way than ever before. Employers are looking to build safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces and as such, they expect their employees to uphold their culture and values, understand appropriate behaviour and practice it.

In both work and private life, understanding basic concepts around consent, communication and respect is vital – Consent Matters equips you with the knowledge needed to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

We recognise that creating safe communities is a shared responsibility and we therefore strongly encouraged all ECU staff and students to complete Consent Matters via ‘My Communities’ on Blackboard.

Students should complete this within their first teaching period as this module sets out many the expectations and values that ECU has regarding appropriate behaviour.

What is Consent Matters?

Consent Matters is an innovative at-your-own-pace e-learning module that explores the nature of sexual consent. It will advise you how to seek consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can’t be given.

Using activities, quizzes and relatable character scenarios, it highlights the importance of good communication, clear boundaries and mutual respect. Within the context of social norm and bystander intervention theory, you will learn how to recognise difficult situations and possible ways of stepping in if others need help.

Why should I do Consent Matters?

ECU has a strong commitment to and a culture that values safety, inclusion and respect. It is important that all staff and students have a good understanding of these values and what is expected of them and their behaviour. Through this module, and other University-wide initiatives such as ‘Be a Better Human’ , each individual is able to better understand how they can positively contribute to the ECU community and help to prevent inappropriate behaviour.

What does Consent Matters entail?

Consent Matters is an online module consisting of short videos, scripts and activities. It will take approximately one hour to complete, but you don’t have to do it all in one go. You can log in at any time and pick up where you left off.

What will I learn through Consent Matters?

By the end of the Consent Matters module, you will have learnt how to:

  • Define sexual consent and how to seek it.
  • Identify circumstances where consent is not possible.
  • Understand the importance of respectful relationships, good communication, clear boundaries and mutual respect.
  • Gain an understanding of positive bystander intervention and learn how to intervene safely in difficult situations.

You need to complete all three modules of Consent Matters and achieve 80% or higher in all quizzes in order to receive your Completion Certificate.

How do I complete Consent Matters?

  1. Go to the Student and Staff Portal on the ECU website
  2. Login using your ECU username and password
  3. Navigate to Blackboard via the ‘easy logins’
  4. You will have been automatically enrolled in ‘Consent Matters’ and you will see this under ‘My Communities’
  5. Click on ‘Consent Matters’ to begin the module. You may stop and come back at any time to pick up where you left off.
  6. You need to complete all modules and achieve 80% or higher in all quizzes in order to receive your Completion Certificate. There are three modules and three quizzes.

What if I still want to know more?

If you're interested in learning more, please don't stop here – there is more to see, hear, and do. Check out ECU’s Be a Better Human page for more information about consent, sexual assault, sexual harassment, being an active bystander and assisting others.

What help and support is available?

ECU encourages you to report any incident of sexual assault or harassment that you experience or witness on ECU campuses or at any ECU activities. You can report a sexual assault or harassment on behalf of yourself of someone else directly to ECU. You can also report anonymously.  

To report outside of ECU,the following services are available 24 hours, seven days a week:

  • WA Police on 000 (emergency or life-threatening situation)
  • WA Police on 131 444 (non-emergency call)
  • The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) on (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (free from landlines). Provides an emergency counselling and medical service in metropolitan Perth. SARC is a free confidential service and is not part of the police, however SARC will support a person’s decision to involve the police.

You can find more information about reporting and support on ECU’s Sexual Misconduct page.

Student Counselling Services

Out of Hours Crisis Line

  • Out of Hours Crisis Line provides students with additional support overnights and on weekends. The phone support service will operate from 5pm to 9am on weekdays, and 24 hours on weekends, providing students with mental health and wellbeing support.
  • Students can access the service by Phone: 1300 583 032 or TEXT: 0488 884 232

Student Health Service

  • The Student Health Services offers psychosocial and physical health support.
  • Phone: Joondalup Campus (08) 6304 5618 or Mount Lawley Campus (08) 9370 6814 during office hours

University Contact Officers

  • ECU's University Contact Officers are alternative contacts for ECU students and staff on matters related to harassment, discrimination or victimisation.

Student Success Officers

  • Student Success Officers assist students in negotiating university life and offer one-on-one appointments for students to explore and develop plans to overcome any challenges. Student Success Officers can assist with referrals, providing financial and housing advice or support and more.
  • phone: 134 328
  • email:

Equity Projects Officers are available for ECU students and staff to discuss their concerns or needs and can provide further information on university and community supports.

University Contact Officers are alternative contacts for ECU students and staff on matters related to harassment, discrimination or victimisation.

Employee Assistance Program provide free and confidential support and counselling to staff and their immediate family members experiencing and impacted by sexual harassment or harassment. This professional counselling service is free, confidential, independent, and available 24 hours 7 days a week to staff and their immediate family members.

Human Resource Service Centre will support you if you experience sexual assault or sexual harassment and you require support

ECU Health Services assists students, staff and the university community with their health care needs. The primary function of the service is to provide you with psychosocial and physical health support

  • Check out the Student Health page for further information
  • Phone: (08) 6304 5618

Equity Projects Officers are available for ECU students and staff to discuss their concerns or needs and can provide further information on university and community supports.

1800RESPECT is the national family violence and sexual assault counselling service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s confidential and free to call.

  • call 1800 737 732 to speak with a professional counsellor
  • 1800RESPECT Online chat
  • visit the 1800RESPECT website

Sexual Assault Resource Centre provides a range of free services to people affected by sexual violence.

Waratah Support Centre (Bunbury) is located in Bunbury and provides free, specialised and therapeutic intervention, counselling and support services for people who have experienced sexual assault and/or sexual abuse and/or family domestic violence.

Yorgum provides counselling for Aboriginal children and adults of all ages who have experienced violence or abuse. They provide an environment to enhance the healing process for Aboriginal individuals and their families experiencing emotional distress and working towards empowerment collectively and individually.

  • Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (08) 9218 9477 or 1800 469 371 (free call)
  • Visit the Yorgum website

More information on support services available can be found at ECU’s Sexual Misconduct page.

Find resources and further information for supporting someone who may have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment in the sexual misconduct page.

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