LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

We understand LGBTIQ+ people continue to face challenges in society that their non-LGBTIQ+ equivalents may not experience. 

At UNSW we aim to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender. This is underpinned by UNSW's Equity and Diversity Policy

We are committed to ensuring LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (Questioning) students and staff can thrive in our community without experiencing alienation or ill-treatment by other at the University. 

The University has codes of conduct for both students and staff and all policies are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ employees and their families, including UNSW's default superannuation provider UniSuper, Travel insurance policy, Relocation policy and Parental Leave.To find out more, read all policies.

Note on LGBTIQ+ terminology:

UNSW uses the acronym LGBTIQ+ as the inclusive umbrella that recognises the most common categories within gender, sex and sexuality diverse populations and acknowledges there are many variations of the acronym. Using appropriate terminology in all forms of communication allows people to feel included. Read more about inclusive language.

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 LGBTIQ+ students and staff.

This student-led collective supports and represents all students on campus who are queer - that is, people who identify anywhere within the queer and queer questioning spectrum.

Since 2008, UNSW has built a network of students and staff who pledge to take a proactive stance against discrimination based on diverse genders, sexes and sexualities.

The ally@UNSW network is made up of trained staff and students that aim to ensure that UNSW is a safe and welcoming place for all students and staff of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (LGBTIQ+). If you would like to contact any of the Allies, they will be happy to hear from you and provide confidential referral advice.

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

On Diversity Days we celebrate and support the rich diversity of our community to create a sense of belonging at UNSW.

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

We understand that language matters, can be contested and is constantly evolving. Using appropriate terminology in all forms of communication allows people to feel included.