What is consent?

Consent is a vital part of sexual respect. Consent is freely and voluntarily given by a person with the cognitive capacity to do so.

You always have the right to change your mind about any kind of sexual activity – even right before or during sex.

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. 

What isn't consent?

If the person you are with changes their mind, respect them. It's not consent if the other person has been manipulated, pressured or threatened into saying yes. You do not have consent if your sexual partner is:

  • under force
  • unconscious or asleep
  • under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • under threat or intimidation
  • in fear of bodily harm

Learn more about consent

Learn more about consent

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.

Consent: It's as simple as tea

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