Affirmative Consent and You

Chanel Contos

Join a free informative webinar about what is involved in consenting and new changes to the law.

Everyone has a responsibility to gain sexual consent. Learn how young and old alike can protect themselves and show respect to their sexual partners. Parents can learn strategies to pass on to their children when the time is right.

In a world where conversations about consent can sometimes be met with discomfort or resistance, this event aims to spark open dialogue and promote understanding.

This webinar will feature a panel of local experts. We will hear from Chanel Contos, the Executive Director of Teach Us Consent, an organisation providing holistic consent education to the public and advocacy for structural reform to prevent normalised sexual violence. We will also hear from Amy Brennan, Senior Public Defender at Victorian Legal Aid and Rebecca O’Donnell, Senior Counsellor/Advocate at ECASA.

Chanel Contos is appearing courtesy of Saxton Speakers.

What is Affirmative Consent?

Recent changes to Victorian law about what is involved in consenting to sexual relationships have been introduced - Affirmative Consent.

Affirmative Consent means if someone wants to engage in a sexual act with another person, they must actively gain consent, rather than rely on the other person to give their consent. These changes are to ensure the burden of consent is the responsibility of the alleged perpetrator not the alleged victim survivor.

However, affirmative consent is more than just a legal term; it's a fundamental principle that embodies the values of respect, communication, and empowerment.  

For information on Sex and the Law visit Sexual Health Victoria.

Event details

  • Date: Tuesday 21 May
  • Time: 7.15pm to 8.30pm 
  • Venue: Online
  • Cost: Free
  • Registrations are essential.

Register online

Further information

For more information please contact Bronwyn Upston, Health Planning and Promotion Officer at Whitehorse City Council on 0429 571 723 or email

This session is hosted by Whitehorse Council in partnership with Maroondah City Council, City of Boroondara, City of Kingston, Knox City Council, Manningham Council, City of Monash and Yarra Ranges Council.


  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024 | 07:15 PM - 08:30 PM