In April 2019 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) launched the Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy. The Policy applies to all DFAT aid, humanitarian and scholarship programs, including the New Colombo Plan (NCP).

The Policy takes a risk-based, proportional approach to SEAH. The policy needs to be applied in all locations, not just in high-risk environments. UOW stakeholders will need to apply judgment based on our risk context by assessing the level of risk (low, medium, high, very high) for SEAH occurring for each international mobility program and activity, and apply the minimum standards from the DFAT PSEAH Policy. OGSM is required to upload critical incident plans for each NCP program before any student mobility activity occurring. The policy applies to all outbound student mobility students, accompanying staff, host organisations and downstream partners.

UOW must be fully compliant by the extended deadline of 30th of August 2020. New or changed policy, procedure, processes and resources will be rolled out to bring UOW in-line with DFAT’s PSEAH policy.

For further information contact the Office of Global Student Mobility: student-mobility@uow.edu.au.

For more information please refer to the PSEAH Government website.