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Consent Matters

Living at La Trobe is more than just a place to live. We promote a culture of safety, inclusivity and respect, with consent being of the highest priority.

Consent means to freely and voluntarily agree to sexual activity. It also means taking responsibility to ensure that the person you are attracted to is comfortable and agrees to go further. If someone is manipulated, threatened or forced into sex, or if they are so intoxicated that they don’t know what is going on, then they are not consenting. Each and every time you do anything sexual, ranging from touching and kissing, to having sex, you must always have the other person’s consent, from beginning to end. Never assume that a person is consenting because they have said “yes” at other times, or because of their reputation, or the way they act or dress.

If you, or anyone you know, needs support or someone to speak to, please contact us.

Jo Wotton – Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus

Lauren Proudfoot – Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Bendigo Campus

Melissa McFarlane – Residential Experience Coordinator, Albury-Wodonga Campus


Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention

Make a difference in your residential community by signing up to our free online course all about sexual consent and positive intervention.

Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention is an engaging online course that will help you understand sexual consent and how to recognise situations when consent can and can’t be given, whatever your gender or sexuality. The course can support you in thinking about your own boundaries and how to talk about them. It also demonstrates different ways you could step in if you see or hear something you’re uncomfortable with.


To undertake the course:

  1. Head to
  2. Click on the ‘Register’ tab to create an account. (If you’re having trouble finding your notification email, check your junk mail.)
  3. Sign in and choose Consent Matters – Australian Version from the list of online courses available.
  4. In the top right hand corner of the screen enter the following token – b65aa244
  5. Click on the course to begin.


For support services check out the Health and Wellbeing Important Contacts.