LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

UNSW aims to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, staff and visitors. 

We understand LGBTIQ+ people continue to face challenges in society that their non-LGBTIQ+ equivalents may not experience. We hope you feel welcomed and supported here. 

At UNSW we aim to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all students and staff 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 fellow staff or students in the University. 

The University has codes of conduct for both staff and students.

At UNSW, all policies are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ employees and their families, such as the travel insurance policy, relocation policy, domestic violence support policy and parental leave policies (including foster parent, surrogacy and adoption, as outlined in UNSW Enterprise Agreements 2018 – Academic Staff and Professional Staff). To find out more, read all policies.

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.

UNSW achieved the level of Gold Employer status in the 2020 Australian Workplace Equality Index, the definitive national benchmark on LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion.

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.

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.