LGBTIQ+ training

Diversity and Inclusion runs five types of LGBTIQ+ Awareness training tailored to different audiences. If you would like to organise a training for your Faculty, Portfolio, School, Unit or Department please get in contact with the LGBTIQ+ Community Officer, Lian Low to organise the most suitable time to deliver this training (s). LGBTIQ+ Awareness training is recognised as part of staff professional development and is recorded in Deakin Achieve.

LGBTIQ+ Awareness training for Professional Staff

Course overview

Participants learn how to articulate the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation as well as the importance and use of non-binary language and its application within Deakin. This training explores heteronormative and gender binary assumptions around sex and gender and identifies the impacts of positive and negative cues within the University context. Participants will be informed about Deakin’s LGBTIQ+ Plan 2017–2020 including any recent updates to the plan.

Audience: All staff and students are welcome. No prior knowledge is required.

Duration: The course runs for two hours.


Gender affirmation training

Course overview

This training covers Deakin’s Gender Affirmation Procedure and its implementation within the University context in relation to staff and students, including Deakin’s gender affirmation leave and gender affirmation plan.

Audience: Students Advisers, Inclusion Officers and HRD.

Duration: The course runs for 1.5 hours.


LGBTIQ+ Ally training

Course overview

A Deakin Ally advocates and aims to create a safe environment for LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning) staff and students by supporting the LGBTIQ+ University services available for this community and being a point of reference when a member of the LGBTIQ+ community requires assistance or support.

This course unpacks the responsibilities of an Ally including understanding the LGBTIQ+ acronym and the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. It addresses the importance of role modelling the use of non-discriminatory language and behaviour, builds knowledge on Deakin LGBTIQ+ inclusive policies, state and federal legislation and facilitating a safe space where LGBTIQ+ staff and students can seek support, information and referral.

Audience: Any Deakin member of staff can become an Ally, whether you identify as LGBTIQ+ or not. You must be committed to becoming a Deakin Ally and supporting the Deakin LGBTIQ+ community.

Duration: The course runs for five hours.


LGBTIQ+ Policies and Procedures

Course overview

This training covers LGBTIQ+ policies and procedures that increase the inclusion of this community at Deakin. The training uses case studies to engage the audience and encourages participants to share their opinions about the topics. Some of the policies and procedures include; the Gender Affirmation Procedure (including Staff and Student Gender Affirmation Plan, Domestic and Family Violence Procedure, Travel Policy and Procedure), Parental Leave (including surrogacy) and Data Collection (intersectional data collection: LGBTIQ+, cultural diversity and accessibility). This training also includes information about relevant resources and referrals.

Audience: managers

Duration: The course runs for two hours.


LGBTIQ+ Awareness training for academics (including inclusive curriculum)

Course overview

This training addresses the 4th Principle of Inclusive Education (represent diversity in the curriculum). The course provides a brief overview of the difference between sex, gender and sexual orientation to refresh participants knowledge. Case studies related to academics’ role are used to encourage academics to challenge the binary assumptions when referring to students, collecting/presenting data and providing examples in curriculum content.

Audience: academics

Duration: The course runs for 1.5 hours


Diversity and Inclusion also run staff training sessions on related issues: Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion, Leading Equal Opportunity and Equal Opportunity Refresher. View Diversity and Inclusion training (staff only)

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