Victoria University is committed to equal opportunity, social justice, cultural diversity and social inclusion in education and employment.
We recognise the value of diversity in the educational and workplace setting and we aim to create an inclusive work and study environment free from discrimination and harassment.
We continually work to develop and refine our equity, diversity and social inclusion agenda with governments and other stakeholders. Our Student Equity and Diversity Initiative (SEDI) Grants help support disadvantaged students by improving the academic, teaching and learning experience, and developing inclusive practices.
We empower students from different countries and cultures to be successful lifelong learners. We are committed to growing their skills and capabilities for the changing world of work, to be confident, creative, ethical and respectful, local and global citizens.
Equity, diversity & social inclusion plans & policies
We have developed plans and policies to help benefit our staff and students:
- Breast & bottle feeding and expressing on campus
- Children on campus policy
- Pregnancy in work and study policy
- Safer community- a central point of enquiry, response and support for concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour.
- Disability and medical condition support and workplace adjustment policy
- Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying policy (for staff)
- Equity and diversity policy for staff
- Flexible work arrangements.
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education & Acknowledgement policy for students
- Bullying Prevention and Management Policy
- Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Management Policy
- Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Management Procedures
- IT Appropriate Use Policy
- Student Charter
- Student Complaint Resolution policy
- Student equity and social inclusion policy.
Networks for staff & students
The VU Ally network supports staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI).
Access the VU's ALLY & Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying Contact Officers page to:
- find out about the Ally network
- see a list of Ally contact officers.
VU Pride student-run group
VU Pride is a student-run group that aims aim to create a socially inclusive environment to generate unity among all students. Find out more about the VU Pride on our Clubs & societies page, or email VictoriaUniversityPride@gmail.com.
External organisations providing LGBTQI support
There are also various external organisations who you can contact for support, including:
Works to address issues associated with depression, anxiety disorders and related mental disorders, and to reduce associated stigma. beyond blue
Social network for Indigenous people who identify as LGBTI, sistergirl or brotherboy. Also advocates for better mental health and suicide prevention BlackRainbow Australia
Assists LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds on their journey to reconciling their faith, sexuality and gender identity. Freedom2B
Specialises in the support of gender questioning and genderqueer people, their family, friends and professionals who they go to for help. Genderqueer Australia
The national youth mental health foundation, dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians. Headspace
A mental health and suicide prevention project supporting health organisations to be inclusive of LGBTI people. MindOUT!
Provide mental health, peer mentoring and events to support same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people from all over Australia. Minus18
Out for Australia
An organisation that seeks to support and mentor aspiring LGBTI professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their career. Out for Australia
A non-profit voluntary organisation and support network for parents and families of LGBTI people. PFLAG Australia
Pride in Diversity
Australia’s only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion. Publishers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Pride in Diversity
Pride in Sport
Sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTI employees, players, volunteers and spectators. Pride in Sport
Free LGBTI phone and web counselling, coast to coast. Call 1800 184 527. QLife Australia
Safe Schools Coalition
A national network of organisations working with schools to create safer and more inclusive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families. Safe Schools Coalition
Supporting trans children and their families. Transcend.
Discrimination, harassment & bullying
Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying Contact Officers are trained and experienced members of staff. They provide impartial information and support to colleagues and students who may have been subject to:
- sexual harassment
- vilification harassment
DHB Contact Officers can:
- advise on the University’s Policies and Procedures for staff and students
- suggest options to manage and solve issues
- advise on appropriate avenues of referral.
Respect & Responsibility
Victoria University acknowledges the prevalence and impact of sexual violence on individuals, communities and our society in general. VU has zero tolerance for violence in any form, including violence against women. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all staff, students and visitors at our campuses.
In 2016, VU is launching a three-year Preventing Violence Against Women Ten Point Plan to improve the University’s awareness, prevention and response to sexual violence.
About the Respect & Responsibility Action Plan
Victoria University has dedicated $300,000 to the implementation of the Preventing Violence Against Women Ten Point Plan.
The ten point plan draws on International best practice in violence against women, and has been developed with input from staff and students at the University, including those who have experienced sexual violence, as well as external experts in the field.
Over the next three years the University will:
- Promote gender equity across the Institution.
- Provide individual support to those affected by violence.
- Further develop policies, procedures and codes of conduct to ensure that the expectations of both staff and students in responding to and preventing violence against women are clear.
- Build staff and student knowledge and skills in issues pertaining to violence against women and its prevention.
- Ensure safe campus environments for all students, staff and visitors.
- Develop communications material to raise awareness of issues pertaining to violence against women and the role of men in taking action to prevent it.
- Develop leadership roles of students and staff in contributing to the prevention of violence against women.
- Develop academic leadership to support current and new research and teaching endeavours pertaining to violence against women.
- Build partnerships with communities, the public and private sectors to support collaborative action to prevent violence against women.
- Monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes achieved.
Respect. Now. Always.
VU is part of the campaign – Respect. Now. Always – which highlights the determination of Australia’s universities to ensure that our students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.
It builds on work done by individual universities in Australia over many years to develop policies, reporting procedures and support services.
Contact us for more information about equity and diversity at Victoria University.