December 9, 2023

The University of Western Australia has revealed a data breach that may have compromised the personal information and grades of current and past students.

The university notified students and alumni of the breach of its Callista student information system, as investigations into the extent of the attack continue.

Callista is used by numerous educational institutions across Australia, including Monash University and Edith Cowan University.


The university said personal information held in Callista that was accessed included names, residential addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, course details, and photos. Emergency contact details were also exposed, potentially extending the impact of the data breach beyond current and present students.

The university said no credit card details, tax file numbers, medical records, passports, or bank information were stored in the system.

Affected individuals have been urged to remain “vigilant about where you store your data” and be “alert to suspicious activity”.

The data breach notification comes a week after the Western Australian and Culture Trust said some of its customer data may have been exposed in a breach of its email service provider.

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