Gender Affirmation Guideline for Staff

UNSW recognises that trans and gender diverse people can face unique and complex challenges, and that a supportive work environment can play a central role in enhancing a staff member’s wellbeing. 

Gender affirmation

For many people experiencing gender affirmation, having their identity recognised at work 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 a Guideline which takes a person-centred approach to gender affirmation.

The Guideline seeks to comprehensively support members of staff affirming their gender at university, while also addressing needs, issues and frequently asked questions thatmay arise for their students, colleagues, managers, friends and anyone else who plays a supportive role.

Tools and templates to support gender affirmation

The plan set outs out the actions agreed between you and your manager (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. 

Gender inclusive bathrooms

Gender inclusive logo on LGBTIQ+ rainbow background

UNSW has female, male and unisex bathrooms. All staff are entitled to use the bathroom of their choice. 

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. The Paddington campus is the first campus to partake in this initiative. Students and staff are invited to share the feedback. The intention is to have gender inclusive bathrooms across UNSW campuses. Contact the EDI Team for information.

In Profile

Alex Linker’s Story, UNSW Tutor, Computer Science and Engineering. 

Alex is transgender and teaches Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. Coming out and affirming ones gender is typically a difficult time, especially at work. Common fears include access to unisex bathrooms, discrimination and the incorrect use of pronouns and titles.  

“No one should have to worry about their safety in the bathroom, let alone at work.”  

Alex’s experience at UNSW was positive and inclusive. “My colleagues respect my identity and use my pronouns (they/their).” UNSW assisted with individual unisex stalls to alleviate fears of confrontation or harassment in the bathroom.  

Alex was concerned that students would learn of their former name (before it legally changed). UNSW helped by assuring their privacy was protected. Alex was empowered to be their authentic self at work and fulfil a passion for teaching without anxiety or fear.  

“UNSW is a fantastic place to work where your whole identity will be embraced and accepted.”