LGBTIQ+ Working at Deakin
Deakin prides itself on being an inclusive workplace, embracing diversity. LGBTIQ+ staff are welcomed and valued.
There are policies in place at Deakin that protect attributes related to LGBTIQ+ staff and students and ensure the inclusion of the Deakin LGBTIQ+ community.
Equity and diversity policies
- Under the Equity and Diversity Policy sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intersex status and relationship status are protected attributes.
- The Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Victimisation and Vilification (staff) Complaints procedure also protects these attributes as well as ‘expunged homosexual conviction’.
- The Gender Transition Procedure provides information and sets out the University processes for supporting staff and students who have undertaken, or are in the process of undertaking a gender transition.
- Deakin’s Domestic and Family Violence Support Policy is also inclusive of all genders and of people in same-sex relationships.
Definitions in the Policies
To comply with the 2017 amendments to Marriage Act 1961 (Cth. Equal access to marriage) and the Australian Workplace Equality Index (the national benchmark for LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion in Australia), Deakin University has amended the following definitions to be inclusive for Deakin LGBTIQ+ staff:
Partner: A person who (regardless of sex or gender) lives in a relationship as a couple with another person on a genuine domestic basis. The definition also includes a former spouse or de facto partner of the staff member.
Immediate family: Partner (regardless of sex or gender); child, parent or sibling (including step relatives) of the staff member or of the partner of the staff member; a grandparent, grandchild, aunt or uncle of the staff member or of the partner of the staff member; 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.
Carer: A person on whom a member of their immediate family or household is wholly or substantially dependent for personal care, support and assistance because of an illness, injury or emergency. A person is not considered a carer if the care is provided on a commercial basis.
Parent: A person who has responsibility for the care of a child and includes a step-parent, adoptive parent, foster parent or guardian.
All staff commencing at Deakin are made aware of the benefits that apply to them as part of the induction process. The leave benefits include parental leave and paid partner leave. Find out more about parental leave
Deakin’s Enterprise Agreement 2017 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.
Gender transition leave
Deakin is the only organisation in Australia to provide a Gender Transition Leave category and recognises the need for additional leave for those undergoing or wishing to undergo a gender transition.
This entitlement provides up to 10 days leave to be used at the discretion of the staff member who is transitioning. To access to this leave get in contact with your area’s HR Client Partner. Who is my HR client partner?
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.
Deakin has multiple preferred healthcare providers, so all staff can assess which provider is the best option for their own family needs, regardless of LGBTIQ+ or other status.
Travel and relocation reimbursement
Travel and relocation reimbursement, 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.
Flexible Work Arrangements
Deakin Flexible work arrangements are available for staff who are a parent or have responsibility for the care of a child.
In the Flexible Work Arrangement Procedure, the definition of parent is explicit for same-sex relationships mentioning lesbian co-mothers(s) and gay co-father(s).
Travel policy and procedure
Deakin's travel policy and procedure supports LGBTIQ+ University travellers who are visiting, for academic or professional purposes, destinations where there may be specific precautions or dangers to consider.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading (DFAT) has four levels of travel advice. Level 2, ‘Exercise a high degree of caution’, specifies: ‘Familiarise yourself with the destination, especially dangerous areas of a city, types of crimes, risky modes of transport, specific precautions for women or LGBTI travellers and any behaviour that may offend or break the law.’
In some destinations, same-sex acts are criminalised or punishable by death and travellers could face imprisonment, corporal punishment or death penalty if they don’t take a high degree of caution. The University supports LGBTIQ+ travellers in considering the respective caution before going to these destinations.
Women travelling to these destinations have been included as some countries’ legislation imposes restrictions upon women in relation to gender expression and social behaviour.
LGBTIQ+ travellers can check the DFAT smartraveller website for LGBTIQ+ travellers and the maps of sexual orientation laws in the world provided on the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association website. Women travellers can check the DFAT smartraveller website for female travellers
The policy and procedure also provides support to intersex and gender diverse staff who hold a sex and gender diverse passport. University travellers with this type of passport should be aware that while Australian travel documents are issued in accordance with international standards, those travelling on a passport showing 'X' in the ‘sex’ field may encounter difficulties when crossing international borders given these passports are not commonly used. These University travellers should contact the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate nearest to their destination, who will be able to provide further information.