We value and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual 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.

 Vice-Chancellor Adam Shoemaker with student at Midsumma Pride March. Both have big smiles. Rainbow umbrellas are in the background.

Student Nimasha de Alwis with Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker at Pride March 2021.

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, asexual and gender diverse community. Price & Ally network members contribute to VU’s LGBTIQA+ and Gender Diverse Action Plan, and meet regularly to organise events and opportunities that increase the visibility of the community.

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

Students are invited to join the Queer Collective or get in touch with VUSU's LGBTIQA+ Officers.

Executive Sponsor - Dr Ross Coller
Chair - Dr Brandy Cochrane

Alasdair McAndrew
Alex Parker
Ashish Bhatia
Chris Walsh
Emily Bodey
Emma Wearing
Fleur Taylor
Heather Marsh
Marian Cronin
Mickey Deppeler
Julia Earley
Jo Doley
Patrice Jones
Rebecca Lane
Shannyn Cain
Sophie Edwards
Tessa Benson

and more...

Facilities at VU

Pride rooms

Pride rooms and community spaces are located across VU campuses:

All-Gender facilities

A number of all-gender facilities are available to staff and students across VU campuses. All staff, students and visitors have the right to use toilets and other facilities appropriate to them.

Guide to All-Gender Facilities

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.

What is gender affirmation?

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 identity, including transgender, gender diverse and non-binary staff. 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

For further information or support on gender affirmation, contact [email protected].

External Recognition & Membership

Our commitment to supporting LGBTIQA+ staff and students has earned VU Silver employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), the national benchmark on LGBTIQ workplace inclusion. 

We are a member of Pride in Diversity, who provide training and consultancy to assist VU in developing our LGBTIQA+ awareness and support in the workplace.