UOW’s values of mutual respect and diversity underpins our commitment to providing an equitable and inclusive 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.
UOW proudly supports and welcomes staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and/or gender, sex and sexuality diverse people. We are an Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) Bronze Award holder and are continually looking at ways to improve our inclusion activities.
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.
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 LGBTIQ+ 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. Local businesses signed up to become a "Safe Pace" by putting a sticker in their shop front to let LGBTIQ+ community members know they could seek refuge if they were under the threat of violence.
UOW Ally Network
A visible network of empathetic people who are allies of students and staff identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+). 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