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The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-2021 (PDF , 994.0 KB) is a comprehensive framework to improve prevention and response to sexual assault. 'Sexual assault' is the term used to describe all types of sexual offences, ranging from sexual harassment to aggravated sexual assault. The strategy delivers a three-year, whole-of-government approach to sexual assault in NSW for the first time.
The strategy aims to improve the existing service system for adults and children who experience sexual assault, while holding perpetrators to account. It also seeks to raise community awareness of sexual violence while improving prevention and education measures in families and the wider community.
The strategy was informed by a wide evidence base, a comprehensive state-wide consultation process, and advice from experts in the field, frontline workers, non-government service providers, peak organisations and government agencies.
The Department of Communities and Justice is leading the development of two five-year whole-of-NSW Government plans to address domestic and family violence and sexual violence in NSW. These are intended to align with and respond to the next National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032, which is currently being finalised and due to be released in October 2022.
The NSW Sexual Violence Plan will replace the existing NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018–2021.
View the draft NSW Sexual Violence Plan 2022-2027. (PDF , 534.5 KB)
11 Aug 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.