Make sure the feeling is mutual. 

Consent is an important part of our daily lives and how we interact with those around us. Asking to borrow a friend’s phone before making a call or asking for permission before entering someone’s home comes naturally to us, so why is asking for consent before sex any different?

Consent is a vital part of sexual respect and having healthy sexual relationships.  When it comes to sex, consent is not optional.

If someone forces (or tries to force) you to do something sexual that you don't want to do, remember that it's never your fault and it's not okay. If this has happened to you, support is available at UQ and the broader community. 


Need emergency support?

If you are experiencing an emergency or have just experienced sexual assault and misconduct then you can call:

  • +61 7 3365 3333 UQ Security for on campus emergencies
  • 000 for immediate police or ambulance assistance
  • 1800 Respect 1800 737 732 for 24/7 counselling support

Consent Matters

Consent Matters is our free online course available on Blackboard 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. It is open to all staff and students and will help you consider boundaries and learn how to talk openly about them.

Consent is...

  • Verbal, it is explicitly stated
  • Specific to the sexual activity and the way of doing it (ex: with a condom)
  • Freely given, without pressure or coercion
  • Limited to the specific act and time in which consent is given
  • Reversible can be taken away at any time, including during sex
  • Informed all parties involved know what they’re agreeing to

Consent is not...

  • Incapacitated, consent can not be given when drunk, high or unable to think clearly
  • Coerced, Threatened or Manipulated
  • Assumed, there shouldn’t be any doubt as to whether consent was given
  • Silence, the absence of a “no” is not a “yes”
  • Optional, without it, it’s not sex, it’s sexual assault

Learn more about consent

Cycling Through Consent

Sexual consent is key, and it’s just like consenting to go on a bike ride. To find out how, let’s go cycling through consent in the video below.

Online resources

The Line is an organisation that encourages healthy and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence. 

Read their resources on consent to understand what consent looks like, what it doesn't look like, and phrases and non-verbal signs that may indicate that you do not have consent. 

Find out more about consent