Consent Matters online course


Consent Matters bedTalking about sex with a potential partner can be tricky and may not come naturally to you. How can you tell if they are really into it or when it's time to pause and check in, or stop? 

Find out more about the ins and outs of consent by doing the Consent Matters online course. It's free, confidential, anonymous and you can do it any time. All you need is a spare hour, your phone or computer to log on to Blackboard.

What will I learn?

Consent Matters will help you to: 

  • Understand what sexual consent is and the laws around consent
  • Identify situations where consent can and can't be given regardless of your gender or sexual preferences
  • Interpret verbal and non-verbal signs of consent and determine whether consent is present in different situations
  • Understand the importance of clear communication with your partner/s to have relationships that are healthy and fun for all parties 
  • Reflect on your personal boundaries around sex and relationships
  • Identify different ways you could step in if you see or hear about an unsafe situation
  • Learn about support available at UWA and off campus for anyone affected by sexual violence

Content warning

This course covers some sensitive topics which will be discussed explicitly. These topics include:

  • Sex and sexual acts
  • Rape
  • Emotional, verbal and physical abuse

The course does not include explicit graphics or images but it does include hypothetical scenarios exploring what consent and lack of consent can look like.

How do I do the course?

  1. Log into your Blackboard LMS
  2. Click on the "Units" tab at the top of the LMS
  3. In the "Organisational Search" field, type in the words Consent Matters, and click Go
  4. Click the drop-down menu that appears next to the words "Consent_Matters" organisational ID, and select Enrol
  5. Click the Submit button. You will now be able to access the Consent Matters organisation from your "My Organisations" module on the front page of LMS 

Are you living on College Row but don't have access to the UWA LMS system?

Contact your College Health and Wellbeing advisor for an online token to access the course through the internet.

Support Services

If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in the course, there are confidential services available on and off campus to support you.

If you need support now, contact the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) on their 24-hour emergency line on 1800 199 888 (free call from land line only).

The University takes incidents of sexual violence very seriously. There are specialised services available on campus if you wish to disclose or report an incident.