Join the UOW Pride Network

The UOW Pride Network is a visible network of empathetic people who are allies of gender, sex and sexuality diverse students and staff.

Who are the UOW Allies?

Allies at UOW are specifically trained to help support and advocate for our gender, sex and sexuality diverse community. Allies are also available for confidential and informal discussions about being a gender, sex and sexuality diverse employee (see contact list below). Josie Balsom (Chair of the UOW Pride Network) is gender, sex and sexuality diverse trained and they can be directly contacted should you wish to speak with someone directly and confidentially regarding gender, sex and sexuality diverse issues.

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What we do

Our goal is to ensure that every member of the UOW Pride Network, whether you're a student, staff member identifying as LGBTQIA+, or an Ally supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, can enjoy a sense of security, happiness, and friendship.   

Our network:

  • Provides a secure, accessible, and respectful environment for all LGBTQIA+ staff and students to flourish. 
  • Promoting understanding of LGBTQIA+ lived experience and leading cultural change within the UOW community.
  • Promoting inclusivity and equity of LGBTQIA+ people in the UOW community and combat all types of discrimination and bias. 
  • Providing LGBTQIA+ members of the UOW community and their allies a platform to raise any concerns.
  • Celebrate annual LGBTQIA+ dates of importance

Advisory committee

UOW Pride Network is managed by the Ally Network Advisory Committee (ANAC). This Committee is responsible for the success and growth of the UOW Pride Network, and to promote UOW as a higher education sector leader in gender, sex and sexuality equity. ANAC meets four times per year to discuss key policy areas and make changes/improvements to current practice.

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Join the UOW Pride Network

Any UOW staff member or student can be an Ally, whether or not they identify as gender, sex and sexuality diverse. To learn more about gender, sex and sexuality inclusion or to become an Ally, please complete the on-line inclusion training.

This training has been developed by our partner Pride in Diversity and The Red Cross to help build gender, sex and sexuality diverse awareness.

Once you have completed the training, if you would like to join our network, please send a completed form to pods@uow.edu.au and tell us that you have done the training and want to become an Ally.

Staff and Student Leaders may also attend our annual information session. For more details, please contact pods@uow.edu.au.

All Gender Bathrooms at UOW

UOW is proud to offer All Gender bathrooms, which are located across our Wollongong campus. These are intended as inclusive spaces where people feel safe, accepted and included are very important in adhering to UOW’s values of mutual respect and diversity. See the interactive map for location details.

Gender, sex and sexuality diversity resources

  • Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) - ICLC is a community legal centre located in Kings Cross. The Centre provides free legal advice, referrals and assistance to people who live and/or work in the inner city and surrounding areas and the northern beaches. ICLC also provides specialist legal advice for anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) anywhere in New South Wales.
  • ACON - We help GLBT people and people with HIV, sex workers and drug users in regional and rural areas of NSW to improve their health and wellbeing by providing a range of services, resources, support groups and events. We also provide information and training to mainstream service providers and community groups throughout NSW to improve their knowledge of HIV and GLBT health issues. Further information about ACON and Relationships Australia NSW's new Domestic and Family Violence group programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer (LGBTIQ) clients affected by or using domestic violence can be found in the ACON DFV Service Flyer and ACON DFV Project FAQ sheet.
  • The Gender Centre - The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities, which enhance the ability of the transgender, gender questioning and gender diverse community to make informed choices.
  • Qlife Counselling Service - QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI). QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences. They are available for online or telephone counselling from 3pm-12 midnight each day.
  • The impact of marriage equality and marriage denial on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people - ACON and the Centre for Social Research in Health partner on the development of an evidence review on the health impacts of marriage equality and the denial of this on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual Australians.
  • A guide for health services to support LGBTI clients during the marriage equality debate - It is well documented that LGBTI people experience higher levels of psychosocial distress and are at increased risk of health issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide. Many of these conditions have been attributed to experiences and fears of discrimination and abuse.These pre-existing higher rates of mental health issues in LGBTI communities make these groups more vulnerable to the potentially negative rhetoric that may arise in the prolonged national debate on marriage equality.
  • Tips for staying strong during the marriage equality debate - The recent marriage equality debate has already unleashed anti-LGBTI commentary and many people are feeling upset, distressed or angry. Here are some practical tips on staying strong and resilient during this time.
  • Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd is an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or traits. Our work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare.
  • You Can’t Ask That - Intersex - A subject that is still widely misunderstood, secretive and rarely spoken about in detail, eight individuals reveal the complexities of being born with an intersex variation. (ABC iView)
  • Transhub - a digital information and resource platform from ACON, for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW, their loved ones, allies and health providers.
  • Safe and Respectful Communities – seek support or make a report if you have witnessed or experienced sexual assault, harassment, domestic and family violence, bullying or discrimination.
  • Complaints Management – if you experienced a problem with a UOW service, product, staff member or student, and you would like a formal investigation to commence.
  • UOW 24-hour Student Wellbeing Support line - Free and confidential help for onshore UOW students in any Australian campus, 24/7 every day.
  • Employee Assistance Program - confidential counselling services designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well-being of employees.