At Victoria University we believe diversity is a strength – the more diverse perspectives, identities, cultural backgrounds, ages and experience of our staff and students, the better our working environment, research and educational experience of our students.

We strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment where all students and staff are respected, valued and enabled to thrive.

THE Impact Ranking logo, SDG16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, 2020 Top 40

Our commitment to social justice has been recognised in the THE Impact Rankings.

This reflects our commitment to equality, as part of our place-based planetary health approach.

Accessibility

VU strives to be a leader in inclusivity and accessibility. We guide and support students to achieve their career aspirations through personalised, flexible and well-supported learning opportunities.

Our fourth accessibility action plan outlines our commitment to removing barriers to access and participation for students with a health condition or disability. It focusses on five action areas:

  • culture of inclusiveness
  • student support & engagement
  • learning and teaching
  • physical access
  • digital information and services.

Read VU's Accessibility Action Plan 2016 – 2020.

LGBTIQA+ & gender diverse inclusion

We value and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and gender diverse community. The University's LGBTIQA+ & Gender Diverse Strategy 2020- 2023 outlines our ongoing commitment to inclusion for the LGBTIQA+ and gender diverse community.

Pride & Ally network

The Pride & Ally network is comprised of staff who identify as part of, or are allies for, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and gender diverse community.

Price & Ally members developed an LGBTIQA+ and Gender Diverse Action Plan for the University and meet regularly to develop actions and increase the visibility of the community.

Executive Sponsor

Executive Director, Engagement & Advancement Dr Ross Coller is the Executive Sponsor of the Pride & Ally Network and is a strong advocate towards LGBTIQA+ inclusion at Victoria University.

His role as Executive Sponsor involves:

  • co-chairing the Pride & Ally Network
  • engaging senior management towards improved inclusion for the community
  • influencing strategic and meaningful change
  • supporting the promotion of events, days of significance, and other initiatives for the LGBTIQA+ and gender diverse community.

Ally training & resources

We offer online Ally training for staff and have a range of resources and information to support the LGBTIQA+ and gender diverse community.

Pride rooms

Pride rooms and community spaces are located across VU campuses:

Gender affirmation at VU

We support trans and gender diverse staff, students and their peers, to ensure full participation in the work and study environment, enabling access to appropriate assistance.

Gender Affirmation is a personal process where a trans or gender diverse person implements steps to live as their defined or affirmed gender identity, rather than the gender assigned to them at birth. Transition may involve social, medical/surgical and/or legal steps that affirm a person’s gender.

This process may include:

  • Social affirmation, which can involve a number of changes to the way you identify outwardly. This may include: changing names and pronouns, trying new clothing and hairstyles, using your voice differently, and tucking and binding body parts to name a few. Social affirmation may involve trying new or different clothing. All staff are supported to dress in a way which best reflects their gender. In the workplace, professional dress standards apply to staff, regardless of gender.
  • Medical affirmation, which involves medical interventions such as hormones or surgery
  • Legal affirmation, which can involve changing your legal gender marker and name in official documents and records to live as your defined gender(s).

Supporting resources

Gender Affirmation Guide

Gender Affirmation Procedure

Gender Affirmation Plan for Staff (template) 

Gender Affirmation Plan for Student (template)  

Guide to All Gender Facilities

Guide to Being a Trans and Gender Diverse Ally.

External membership: Pride in Diversity

We are a member of Pride in Diversity, the lead organisation that promotes LGBTIQA+ awareness and support in the workplace.

Contacts

For further information about the Pride & Ally network, please email [email protected].

Discrimination, harassment & bullying contacts

If you or someone you know are experiencing Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying you are supported at VU.

Students and staff can contact Safer Community for advice and guidance. Please visit the Safer Community page for more information

Staff can also contact our experienced Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying (DHB) Contact Officers, who are trained to help VU's staff.

Contact Safer Community, or a DHB Officer if you have been subject to or witnessed:

  • discrimination
  • harassment
  • sexual harassment
  • vilification harassment
  • bullying
  • victimisation.

Safer Community and DHB Officers can provide you with information and support on:

Contact us

Contact us for more information about diversity and inclusion at Victoria University.

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Contact the student advisory team for advice and counselling

Email Respect and Responsibility: [email protected].