The federal government has removed a video of a young woman smearing a milkshake over her partner's face from its consent education website after a backlash from the states and community groups.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment on Tuesday confirmed two videos had been removed from The Good Society website, which launched as part of the government's Respect Matters program last week.
"The website contains about 350 resources aimed to support teachers and parents to educate students across all age groups about respectful relationships more broadly," department secretary Dr Michele Bruniges said in a statement.
"The website is designed to be a live and dynamic resource, with content added, removed, and modified, to ensure it remains current and appropriate.
"The department will continue to engage with experts to evaluate the materials that appear on the website to ensure they are fit for purpose and reflect current experiences and community issues."
It comes after Victoria's Education Minister James Merlino called for the federal government to pull all content from the site.
"I was pretty disappointed. It was confusing. It was cringeworthy. It just did not hit the mark," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"The feedback I've heard from students is they're confused about what it's even trying to say.
"It's a big fail and it's not a resource that I'll be recommending to Victorian schools."
Mr Merlino, who is also the state's acting premier, singled out the milkshake video, entitled 'Moving the line', which is designed to teach Year 10 to 12 students about consent.
In it, a young woman encourages her boyfriend to try her milkshake, before smearing it over his face without his permission, which has been taken to represent sexual assault or rape.
"It's just a funny game, Bailey. I know you really like my milkshake," she says in the video.
The second video to be removed is entitled 'Yes No I Don't Know', which features a man with a spear gun attempting to coerce his female partner to go for a swim despite her fear of sharks.
The sharks are intended to represent the risks of unprotected sex.
In another, which remains online, a man eats a taco in an apparent reference to sexual assault.
None of the videos use the words assault, rape or sex.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell described the videos as "pretty woeful".
"It's a missed opportunity about an issue that's really important," she said.
"I don't really see the benefit of a milkshake or taco metaphor. I think we should be a lot more upfront with young people when we talk about these issues."
Former Sydney school student Chanel Contos, who launched a petition earlier this year calling for earlier and improved education on sex and consent, took to Instagram to criticise the videos.
"You can't teach the logistics of sex talking about the 'birds and the bees' and you can't teach the intricacies of consent using milkshakes," she said.
"That video is belittling to Australian youth and was clearly not expert informed.
"I know what consent is and honestly I am confused by the message."
In a statement to announce the new website on April 14, federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said the new resources were developed in conjunction with Our Watch, the eSafety Commissioner, the Foundation for Young Australians and other groups.
But Our Watch and the Foundation for Young Australians have distanced themselves from the project.
FYA told AAP it had introduced to the government a young person in their network who "may have taken part in a confidential reference group process in 2017".
But the organisation said it had not been asked to "review, use or endorse the materials subsequently".
Our Watch said it was consulted between late 2017 and early 2019 when the materials were being developed and provided advice.
"We have not been asked to use or endorse the materials subsequently," it said in a statement.
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