Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community
Deakin sees the diversity of its staff and students as a great strength and a much valued asset for our learning community. We support diversity in the higher education sector and we recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students and employees to learn, live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our University community and the broader population.Prof Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor
The LGBTIQ+ Community is an alliance of people of diverse sexes, genders and sexualities all working together to create a positive university environment. This includes people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning their sexuality or straight.
The LGBTIQ+ Community aims to create an inclusive culture by promoting awareness of how our sex, gender and sexuality can shape our everyday experiences.
The Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community (formerly known as Deakin Allies) was established in 2011 through consultation with staff and students and on feedback from the biennial Staff Diversity Survey. In 2011, Deakin participated in Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workplace Equality Index which gave us useful baseline data to work from as well as goals to work towards. In particular, securing executive support for Deakin Allies and developing a transgender, gender diverse and intersex policy.
Deakin acknowledges that there are challenges facing staff and students of diverse sexes, genders and sexualities and seeks to support staff and students to address these challenges.
The LGBTIQ+ Community aims to:
- create a university culture that welcomes everyone
- provide a safe and inclusive environment for all staff and students
- promote awareness and understanding of issues affecting people of diverse sexes, genders and sexualities
- eliminate homophobia, transphobia and discrimination
- ensure that University policies and decisions are inclusive
- ensure that Deakin students participate in an education that appreciates and values people of all gender identities and sexual orientations
- actively participate in community events to celebrate Deakin’s diverse population.
The Community supports the goals established in Deakin University’s Strategic Plan LIVE the future 2020. LIVE the future affirms Deakin’s commitment to its two founding goals:
- to offer an educational experience which will widen participation and support students from diverse backgrounds
- to develop lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with rural and regional communities, particularly in Geelong and Western Victoria.
Integral to LIVE the future is the goal to nurture the personal development and wellbeing for students and staff – to foster a vibrant and inclusive culture which crosses discipline and organisational boundaries.
As a member of the LGBTIQ+ Community, you will have the opportunity to be involved in activities including:
- celebrations such as Pride March and the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHOBIT)
- planning Community activities
- informal meetings and gatherings
- regular email communications.
LGBTIQ+ Community members are staff and students who align themselves with, and advocate on behalf of, staff and students of diverse sexes, sexuality and gender. The Community can be joined by any staff member or student. There is no commitment; you can be as involved as you like. You will receive occasional emails from the LGBTIQ+ Community, notifying you of news and events.
If you would like to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ramon Martinez Mendoza on 03 522 78670.
We're celebrating International Day Against Homophobia,Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (17 May) with events all week, across all campuses, for both staff and students.
Come and ‘borrow’ a human ‘book’ from our Human Library at the Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and Melbourne Burwood libraries. You can also borrow via the Cloud.
Human ‘books’, aka Deakin students and staff who identify as LGBTIQ+, will be available to ‘borrow’ for a 15-minute period. You can talk, listen, ask questions and find out more about their personal story. It’s a great chance to learn more about ourselves, reflect on the stereotypes and assumptions we all hold, and to gain a unique insight into the life and perspectives of another person.
Find out more and REGISTER to reserve your 15 minute ‘borrowing’ time slot (feel free to bring a friend - human books are happy to chat to two people):
- Geelong Waterfront Human Library Monday 14 May between 12.30 and 2pm
- Warrnambool Human Library Tuesday 15 May between 2.30 and 4pm
- Burwood Human Library Wednesday 16 May between 12 and 2.30pm
- Cloud (via Skype): Monday 14 May between 12.30 and 2pm
- Cloud (via Skype): Tuesday 15 May between 2.30 and 4pm
Being Frank performances
Being Frank is a new theatre-based education program developed by Deakin University in partnership with Transgender Victoria. Being Frank deals with trans and gender diverse issues. Deakin is offering three performances for staff and students to increase awareness of transgender issues. The short performance will be followed by a panel discussion.
- Warrnambool: Tuesday 15 May 12.30–2pm
- Burwood: Wednesday 16 May 4–5.30pm
- Geelong Waurn Ponds: Thursday 17 May 1–2.30pm
DUSA Pride Week
DUSA are celebrating Pride Week with events across all campus locations, including morning teas, private movie screenings and on-campus entertainment. dusa.org.au
Diversity @ Deakin
The second Diversity @ Deakin event, 'The stories that shape us' is being held on Thursday 10 May 6-8.30pm at the Waterfront Campus.
In 2018, we look at how personal attributes, experiences and circumstances intersect in our lives. Diversity @ Deakin: The stories that shape us is an opportunity to reflect on the stories within each of us, and the many layers of our collective experience.
Our speakers will share their stories of rich and complex lives enhanced by attributes such as their cultural background, sexuality and disability. There are three speakers presenting at the event:
- Jacki ‘Jax’ Brown, is a disability and LGBTIQ activist, writer, public speaker and educator.
- Adele Murdolo, Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, is a researcher and advocate for refugee women’s rights and wellbeing.
- Richard Frankland, a proud Gunditjmara man living on country in south-west Victoria, is an author, director, spokesperson, advocate, musician and fisherman.
Everyone is welcome: Deakin staff, students, friends and family, members of the public.
Refreshments will be offered at 6pm with a light supper served following the speakers.
Pride March 2018
Deakin staff, students, friends and families braved the scorching heat to celebrate Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 28 January 2018.
View the photo gallery from Pride March 2018 to see the Deakin marchers in action.
Applications are being accepted for Out for Australia's mentoring program. OFA, a national LGBTIQ+ student mentoring non-profit organisation, matches LGBTIQ+ students with a mentor in the working world who helps them with things like:
- career planning and development
- access to professional networks
- employability and application skills
- industry insight
- LGBTIQ related issues like coming out in the workplace and finding an inclusive employer.
View the video: Mentoring: the basics to find out more.
Australian marriage equality
We are pleased to share the news that Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander has pledged Deakin's support for marriage equality. Deakin joins over 900 other organisations pledging support for the Australian marriage equality campaign.
View the Vice-Chancellor's letter of support (PDF, 620.5 KB), confirming the University’s value for and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
AWEI (Australian Workplace Equality Index)
Deakin has again achieved the status of Bronze Tier employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), an index managed by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion.
2015 GLBTI Regional Inclusion Champion National Award
RBJ Thomson won Deakin the 2015 GLBTI Regional Inclusion Champion National Award for their work in Warrnambool.
Inaugural Australian Ally Conference
Deakin was a silver sponsor of the inaugural Australian Ally Conference, held at Western Sydney University in June 2016. The conference explored how best to encourage better communication between Higher Education Ally Networks from across the sector, best practice for dealing with national and local issues regarding the Ally Networks, the latest research in LGBTIQA acceptance and equality and many other topics.
At Deakin, discrimination is prohibited on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation (as defined by the attributes published in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 [Vic]). Our inclusive policies include parental leave and definitions of family.
Parental leave can be accessed by staff of all genders and staff in same-sex relationships.
Deakin’s inclusive definition of family encompasses a wide range of relationships: blood, marriage, affinity, adoption and dependency. Family responsibilities therefore include care for older people, people with a disability, children, partners and ex-partners and responsibilities associated with extended families, irrespective of sexuality and sexual or gender or identity.
Deakin’s Domestic and Family Violence Support Policy is also inclusive of all genders and of people in same-sex relationships.
Working and studying at Deakin
Preferred name options
Staff - contact your HR Advisor to have your name changed, including a non-binary title and gender listed as ‘MX’.
Students - you can change your legal name or gender by following the instructions on the Change your enrolment details page.
All gender toilets
Each campus has facilities to support our gender diverse staff and students at the following locations:
|Melbourne Burwood Campus||Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus||Geelong Waterfront Campus||Warrnambool Campus|
All staff commencing at Deakin are made aware of the benefits that apply to them as part of the induction process.
Deakin’s Enterprise Agreement 2017 (PDF 6.8MB) defines family as being inclusive of same or different sexes or gender identities and therefore benefits flow on to those staff members who have a same sex partner/family.
De facto partner: A person who, although not legally married to the staff member, lives with the staff member in a relationship as a couple on a genuine domestic basis (whether the staff member and the person are of the same or different sexes or gender identities). The definition also includes a former De Facto Partner of the staff member
Immediate family: a Spouse, De Facto Partner, child (including stepchild), parent (including step-parent), grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle or sibling (including step-sibling) of the staff member or of a Spouse or De Facto Partner of the staff member and also includes a person for whom the person has caring responsibilities arising from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship relationship of equivalent status to those listed above.
Deakin’s Superannuation/Death Benefits are provided through UniSuper. The UniSuper website is explicit in its inclusion of same sex partners/families in their policies.
HCF, which is a benefit health insurer through Deakin, provide IVF benefits to same sex couples.
Staff can claim their excess back through the HCF Deakin Health Insurance pool. Travel and relocation by virtue of Deakin University’s Enterprise Agreement 2017 recognising same sex partners, provides for any benefit to extend to the partner regardless of gender.
Deakin has multiple preferred providers, so all staff can assess which provider is the best option for their own family needs, regardless of LGBTIQ or other status.
- LGBTIQ resources and links, includes multiple links to various support, organisations and clubs
- Deakin's Vice-Chancellor says no to homophobia (YouTube)
- Deakin student Luka shares his experience of homophobia (YouTube)
- Download the Deakin LGBTIQ+ Plan 2017–2020 (PDF, 3.5MB) .
Video of Deakin University staff and students holding up hand written anti-homophobia messages.
Video opens showing a rainbow flag with the words 'Deakin University says NO to homophobia'.
Staff and students hold up banners with the following messages on:
We are all beautiful.
End discrimination today. Equal love = equal rights.
Love, equality and new Prime Minister.
Supportive of everyone.
Elsk forskellighed (Danish, meaning love diversity).
What matters is what is in the head and the heart!
Love has no boundaries. Neither does equal rights. Live together with love and respect for all!
Homophobia - never any excuse.
Love is love.
Marry me equality.
Love me for who I am not who I love.
Love conquers all.
Love is not a family value.
Human rights for all.
Born this way.
Homophobia is curable.
Love is a human right.
Love is not a choice.
Love is not a crime.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Born gay, fabulous by choice.
Put an end to homophobia.
Deakin University students against homophobia.
Kindness, kindness, kindness!
Say yes to love.
Silence = death.
Love live learn and listen.
If I 'choose' to be gay, why can't I 'choose' to marry?
Love the way people are.
NO to homophobia.
Freedom to love who we want. A basic human right!
Freedom to be yourself.
Be free to love who you want to.
Love and respect our differences.
Love everyone equally.
Love is all you need.
Say no to homophobia.
I just love who I love.
We are all people.
It should not be illegal to love. It should be illegal to hate!
Say NO to homophobia!
Equal rights to love!
Some people are gay, and that's ok!
Stand up and be free to be who you want to be.
Be careful who you hate, it might be someone you love.
Be nobody but yourself.
Don't be afraid to stand up and fight!
Respect and love.
We come in many colours.
Social inclusion - it's not too much to ask!
Love is non discriminatory.
Love is all you need.
It's not gay to say no!
Deakin University says no to homophobia. (Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University)
Deakin Allies thanks the staff and students who celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia with us.
Thank you also to the Geelong Adolescent Sexuality Program for funding our IDAHO celebrations.
Music: 'Popcorn' Tenpenny Joke by T J C Communications Publishing BMI.
Ramon Martinez Mendoza
03 522 78670