Supporting students affirming their gender at UNSW

For many people experiencing gender affirmation, having their identity recognised at university is an integral part of living as their affirmed gender. What gender affirmation looks like for each trans and gender diverse person is unique and based on what is best for them.

In collaboration with trans and gender diverse students, staff, Allies and the University community, UNSW has developed this Guideline which takes a person-centred approach to gender affirmation.

The Guideline seeks to comprehensively support students affirming their gender at university, while also addressing needs, issues and frequently asked questions that may arise for their teachers, tutors, classmates, friends and anyone else who plays a supportive role.

Tools and templates to support gender affirmation

The Gender Affirmation Guideline, tools and templates available on this page were updated in March 2023. If you have any suggestions for improvements or feedback on these resources, please email the Diversity & Inclusion team.

The plan set outs out the actions agreed between you and your Student Support Advisor (or primary support person), regarding your intention to affirm your gender at UNSW.

We encourage people to dress how they feel best reflects their gender – this applies to everyone including transgender, gender diverse and non-binary employees. 

If you require more information or have any comments, questions or concerns about this Guideline please contact Diversity & Inclusion. 

Find out more about LGBTQIA+ inclusion at UNSW

The roll-out of the gender inclusive (all-gendered) bathrooms at UNSW’s Paddington campus is part of our active commitment to create an inclusive and respectful campus for all students and staff.

We are proud that our community is made up of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities; and we continually strive to make UNSW a welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ students and staff.