UNSW recognises that transgender 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.
Change and uncertainty can create anxiety, and as with all change, gender affirmation (sometimes referred to as a 'transition') can affect many people: the individual affirming their gender, managers, colleagues, students and other people.
In collaboration with transgender staff and the University community, UNSW has developed guidelines to address needs and issues that may arise when a person affirms their gender identity.
UNSW supports individuals affirming their gender identity with access to paid gender transition leave (See UNSW Enterprise Agreement 2018 – Academic Staff and Professional Staff). The University also offers flexible working arrangements, a checklist for transgender staff undergoing a gender affirmation journey and online updating of personal profile data.
We encourage all employees 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, please contact the Division of Equity Diversity & Inclusion.
Gender inclusive bathrooms
UNSW has female, male and unisex toilets. All students 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 transitioning 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.”