Victoria University welcomes and celebrates the diverse perspectives, identities, cultural backgrounds, ages and experiences of our staff and students.

We are committed to Progressive Inclusivity as a core strategic priority. This means that we care and we act.

This is highlighted in the University’s Strategic Plan 2022-2028. Every student and staff member deserves to feel a sense of belonging at VU, and all members of the VU community have a responsibility to be inclusive, respectful and supportive of all.

The Inclusion and Belonging team enables and builds the capacity of the whole University community to be confident inclusion advocates, supporting VU to be the university of opportunity, inclusion and success.

Our team is focused on the following priorities:

THE impact rankings SDG 16 Peace, Justice & strong institutions 2021 top 10

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.

Support services

If you are in immediate danger, call 000.

If you are a student who has experienced racism, sexual harassment or assault, homophobia or transphobia, or any other form of harassment or discrimination at VU, please contact Safer Community.

See below for more support options.

  • Q Life: Peer support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people and their friends, families and allies. Call 1800 184 527
  • Rainbow Door: Specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline. Call 1800 729 367, text or live chat also available.  
  • WIRE: Support, referrals and information for Victorian women, non-binary and gender diverse people. Call 1300 134 130
  • inTouch: Family violence services and support to migrants and refugees. Call 1800 755 988
  • Djirra: Culturally safe and accessible services to Aboriginal people seeking support. Call 1800 105 303
  • Pride Disability Services: Specialised disability support services for members of the LGBTQI+ and gender diverse communities and allies. Call +613 8060 8218
  • Black Rainbow: Support and advocacy for health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI+SB people.
  • 1800 RESPECT: National helpline for advice and support about sexual assault. They can connect you with appropriate services wherever you are. Call 1800 737 732, live chat also available.
  • Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault (WestCASA): Sexual Assault counselling and crisis support in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Call +61 3 9216 0444 (After hours: 1800 806 292)
  • Suicide Line Victoria: Free counselling and support for people at risk of suicide and anyone experiencing mental health issues. Call 1300 651 251

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:

Policies & procedures

Contact us

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

Students

ASKVU - Find answers and ask questions

Contact the student advisory team for advice and counselling

Staff

Email [email protected]

Email [email protected]