We are committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, including differences around sex and/or gender identity and sexuality. This is to ensure staff and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer/questioning (LGBTIQ+) are able to participate openly and freely, to achieve their full potential without fear of discrimination or harassment.

Support at CSU

We recognise that sex and gender identity are different. We also recognise that not everyone's gender identity aligns with their biological sex. Sex and gender is more complex than is the binary classification 'male/female'. The University follows the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender.

Ally Network

We have established an Ally network to support LGBTIQ+ staff and students. Allies are staff and students who are committed to making the University a safe and inclusive environment. Allies undertake a four hour workshop, which provides an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding around LGBTIQ+ individuals. Ally training is run regularly on each of our campuses.

CSU's Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann is Patron of the Ally Program. During the marriage equality debate, he declared the University’s support for marriage equality.

Inclusive definitions

CSU’s Enterprise Agreement provides for an inclusive definition of family. If you are in a same-sex or sex/gender diverse relationship, you can access:

Protection from discrimination and harassment

Legislation protects the rights of LGBTIQ+ individuals to be free from discrimination and harassment. CSU is committed to preventing discrimination and harassment of staff or students based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This is outlined in our:

These policies provide students or staff members experiencing harassment and/or bullying with guidance on seeking resolution.

Gender transition support

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

ACON has created a useful language guide for trans and gender diverse inclusion.