Australian Workplace Equality Index

The national benchmark on LGBTQ workplace inclusion

The Australian Workplace Equality Index ( AWEI) comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees.  

The Australian LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Awards is an event celebrating and awarding Australia’s top organisations for LGBTIQ+ inclusion based on the results of AWEI, in addition to leaders, individuals and networks that have made a significant impact on LGBTIQ+ inclusion within their workplaces.

Gold Employer status


UNSW was recognised by AWEI with Bronze awards in 2018 and 2019 and has achieved the level of Gold Employer status in 2020, 2021 and 2022, acknowledging the University’s students and staff as leaders in LGBTIQ+ inclusion.

2022 AWEI Gold Employer Logo
4 members of the EDI team collecting the award on stage. L - R, Caitlyn wears a black suit, Rebecca wears a red dress adn black blazer, Mary wears a black blazer, top and sparkly skirt & Chris wears a black suit and tie

AWEI drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors. For this reason alone, the Index has to be comprehensive and rigorous. The work compiled annually by employers submitting for the Index is a testament to the importance of LGBTIQ+ inclusion with their current diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Supporting our LGBTIQ+ community at UNSW

Have your say in a national benchmarking study that allows us to assess and benchmark our progress in LGBTIQ+ inclusion against hundreds of national organisations.   

Information to help you access services offered at UNSW, seek out likeminded student groups, and connect with broader community support and resources.