Sexuality, Sex and Gender Identity

Just as in the community at large, diversity amongst staff and students may encompass sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. The University is committed to building a work and learning culture that respects and embraces diversity, including differences around sex and/or gender identity and sexuality, in which staff and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex (LGBTI) can participate openly and freely to achieve their full potential without fear of discrimination or harassment.

The University recognises that, although inter-related, sex and gender identity are different; that not everyone's gender identity accords with their biological sex; and that both sex and gender identity are more complex than is implied by the binary classification 'male/female'. The University follows the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender.

Support at CSU

Inclusive definitions of family for leave purposes

CSU’s Enterprise Agreement provides for an inclusive definition of family encompassing a wide range of relationships, including heterosexual and same-sex partnerships. Parental leave, carers leave, and compassionate/bereavement leave are accessible to staff in same-sex or sex/gender diverse relationships. 

Protection from discrimination and harassment

State and Federal human rights legislation protects the right of LGBTI people to equality through freedom from discrimination and harassment. CSU is strongly committed to preventing discrimination and harassment of staff or students based on sexual orientation or sex and/or gender identity, as expressly stated in its policies on Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Harassment and Bullying. The University Guidelines on Prevention of Harassment and Bullying provide guidance on identifying and seeking resolution of instances of harassment and bullying.

The University has established an Ally network to support LGBTI staff and students. Allies are a diverse group of staff and students committed to making the University a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTI people. Regular Ally training provides an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding around gender and sexual diversity and the kinds of discrimination experienced by LGBTI people.

Workplace management to support gender transition

The University provides support in circumstances where a staff member affirms their gender identity  through transition. Working closely with the trans staff member, the Division of Human Resources will coordinate a workplace transition plan and appropriate workplace training.

Internal and External Resources

Internal Resources External Resources
Equal Opportunity Policy Australian Human Rights Commission:Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Equality
Harassment and Bullying Prevention Policy Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender
Harassment and Bullying Prevention Guidelines Writing Themselves in 3: the national study of sexual health and well being of same-sex attracted and gender questioning young people
Supporting Gender Transition at CSU: Information for Staff and Students Sexuality and Gender Perspectives on Sports Ethics
Communicating without Bias Guidelines