Introduction

We acknowledge the diverse Aboriginal nations of where our participants are located, and pay respect to the traditional owners of those Lands, including their Elders past and present, and thank them for their tireless dedication to the health and wellbeing of their Country and communities. We extend that respect to Aboriginal people taking part in this survey.

Content warning: We understand that this survey may make some people feel uncomfortable and upset others. If this survey makes you feel this way, help is available from Lifeline on 13 11 44, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800


This survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

This survey will help the NSW Department of Education to understand what parents know about consent education, and what sorts of resources parents would like to help them speak about consent with their children and young people at home.

We want to hear from all parents and carers, including Aboriginal parents, carers and communities.

What is consent education?
Consent is saying yes to something happening or agreeing to do something freely, without fear, force or pressure. In NSW Public Schools students learn about consent and how things like pressure from others, drinking alcohol or taking drugs can change the decisions that people make. They also learn how to solve problems and how to act online. In high school, learning about consent changes to include sexual consent as students look at the types of relationships they might have during their life.  

Why are we talking about consent education?
Earlier this year, the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and the Association for Independent Schools NSW signed a Statement of Intent. Through this Statement they agreed to improve consent education in schools, after young people had called for change to the way consent is taught. The Statement means that there is a clear goal to help students understand the meaning of consent through what they learn at school and what they learn and experience outside school. Parents and carers are the first and continuing educators of their children, and it is important that we understand what parents and carers think we should do to answer the call from our young people to improve consent education.

About the survey
The survey will not tell us who you are. The information collected will be kept and saved securely by the Department. The results of the survey will be made available on the Department’s website. The results will help the Department plan how we can support consent education in schools and support parents and carers to speak to young people at home.

We have used the word 'child' in most questions, but we know that many families have more than one child.

Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey.
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