NSW Sexual Assault Strategy

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 sets out reform initiatives across five key areas:
  • prevention and early intervention,
  • education,
  • supporting victims and survivors,
  • holding perpetrators accountable,
  • reshaping the service system.

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.

NSW Sexual Violence Plan 2022-2027

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)  

Last updated:

11 Aug 2022

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