Gender, Sex and Sexuality diversity

UOW’s values of mutual respect and diversity underpins our commitment to providing an equitable and safe workplace for all.

All UOW staff and students have the right to work or study in an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment. All of us are responsible for preventing and calling out any behaviours inconsistent with our values. Under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), discrimination against a person on the basis of their gender identity, intersex status and/or sexual orientation is prohibited. Please refer to UOW's Bullying Prevention Policy for further information.

For the third consecutive year, UOW has received a Bronze Award, for its efforts in supporting its gender, sex and sexuality diverse community. UOW was also proudly placed in the Top 3 of the bronze award tier and the Top 3 for Regional Head Office Employers. This recognition is a true reflection of the commitment to inclusion in this space.  

Australian Workplace Equality Index - Bronze Award holder 2020

The AWEI originally drew from the expertise and methodology of the Diversity Champions Workplace Equality Index, published by Stonewall in the UK. The AWEI now stands as the definitive national benchmark on gender, sex and sexuality diversity workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture. For the first time ever, UOW participated in the AWEI Survey – which has provided a great starting point to analyse trends and gauge the experiences of all gender, sex and sexuality diverse staff members at UOW. 

The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors. UOW continues its efforts to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment, where all staff and students can be their authentic selves.

UOW's Gender Identity and Affirmation Guideline (PDF) provides a framework on how to best support UOW staff, students and visitors whatever their gender identity, including those going through gender affirmation. It also contains information on uniform and dress, use of facilities and preferred names and pronouns.

Please contact Kate Lindenau, Workforce Diversity Officer and trained Ally should you have any questions regarding this Guideline.

 

Ally Network

UOW has an excellent Ally Network, dedicated to providing a safe and respectful environment for people to raise issues, ask questions and share information within the gender, sex and sexuality diverse community.

The Welcome Here Project

Previously known as The Safe Place Project, the Welcome Here Project started in 1998 in response to high levels of street-based violence directed at gender, sex and sexuality diverse people. Local businesses signed up to become a "Safe Pace" by putting a sticker in their shop front to let gender, sex and sexuality diverse community members know they could seek refuge if they were under the threat of violence.

Welcome Here locations at UOW

UOW Ally Network

A visible network of empathetic people who are allies of students and staff identifying as gender, sex and sexuality diverse. The UOW Ally Network is now proud to have signed on to affirm the Darlington Statement.

More about UOW Ally Network More about the joint consensus Darlington Statement