Diverse genders, sexes and sexualities

RMIT promotes equality and inclusion for staff and students who identify with Diverse Genders, Sexes, and Sexualities (DGSS).

This term is intended to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual/agender, and other (LGBTIQA+) students and staff and to value sexual and gender diversity within the RMIT University community. 

This work is guided by the DGSS Action Plan, which was developed in consultation with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) student and staff community members at RMIT. 

RMIT’s DGSS Working Group is responsible for overseeing the implementation of this Action Plan and welcomes contribution from RMIT staff and students. If you want to contact a member of the DGSS Working Group, join the DGSS Staff Network or talk to a local RMIT Ally in your area contact inclusion@rmit.edu.au or People Connect (people.connect@rmit.edu.au) for referral. 

Policies and procedures

Gender Affirmation

RMIT is committed to supporting all students and staff to bring their whole selves to study and work. 

The RMIT Gender Affirmation Guide is a toolkit for students and staff who wish to affirm their gender. It is also designed to help allies, managers and student-facing staff to support their students and colleagues with guidance on processes, templates and emails, and links to internal supports and external organizations that can provide further assistance.

Download the RMIT Gender Affirmation Guide PDF (or Word version)

Supporting students to use a preferred or chosen name

We are committed to supporting our students to use a preferred or chosen name at RMIT, recognising the significant impact this can have on mental health, participation, success and retention.

For guidance please visit Trans and Gender Diverse at RMIT, or to discuss this further, please contact inclusion@rmit.edu.au

RMIT Dress Code

Staff and students who identify as trans, gender diverse, non-binary or another gender identity are free to dress in a manner that affirms their gender identity. RMIT does not have a formal dress code and supports our community to dress in attire that makes them comfortable, while allowing them to the successfully engage with their work and/or studies. For any questions related to appropriate dress at work, feel free to contact HR Assist.

Memberships and accreditations 

Pride in Diversity and Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI)  

RMIT is a member of Pride in Diversity and participates in the AWEI external benchmarking to accelerate actions and improve the experience of staff and students. RMIT achieved Employer of the Year for LGBTIQ inclusion in 2019 and 2020, along with recognition as a Gold Employer. In 2021, RMIT is undertaking a 2-year project as ‘platinum member’ and are proud to be leading the establishment of a national DGSS Research Network. 
 
As a member organisation, all RMIT staff have access to Pride and Diversity research, events and resources. For membership information including login details please contact People Connect.

Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) 

Diversity Council Australia is the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  

As a member organisation, all RMIT staff have access to their research, events and resources. For membership information including login details please contact People Connect.

Concerns and complaints

Our HR Assist and Case Management teams are all trained RMIT Allies and participate in regular briefings to understand the sensitivities of the DGSS community.

If you have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination, find how to report a complaint here.

To learn more about the University’s approach and see examples of what might constitute bullying, harassment and discrimination, see Preventing Workplace Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination for the DGSS community (PDF 159KB).

RMIT’s Employee Assistance Program – Benestar

RMIT’s Employee Assistance provider, Benestar, shares RMIT’s value of DGSS inclusion and strives to ensure their workforce reflects the communities they service. 

Benestar’s priority access framework promotes efficient support to clients who identify as DGSS, matching them with an LGBTIQ+ trained clinician when they are seeking counselling or coaching services. Learn more about Benestar’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Access EAP

People Connect - Staff Allies

HR Staff Allies have been trained to provide support to DGSS staff. Please note, as with any People contact, conversations will be kept confidential.

  • Mat Lewis (he/him)
  • Sharon Reilly (she/her)
  • Amy Love (she/her)
  • Joyce Farrugia (she/her)
  • Luke Coster (he/him)

For support outside of Human Resources, the following RMIT Allies are available for confidential and informal discussions regarding being a member of the DGSS community at RMIT:

  • Whitney Etheve (she/her), Coordinator Diversity and Inclusion
  • Bec Clarke (she/her), Coordinator Student Service (Concierge)
  • Kenneth Wentworth (he/him), Student Service Officer
  • Hart Ely-Faulks (he/him), International Student Experience Coordinator
  • Lena Lukic  (she/her), Student Welfare Advisor

 

External support services

Switchboard

Community-based not for profit organisation providing peer based, volunteer run support service for LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies.

QLife

Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referrals for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

Thorne Harbour Health

Australia’s oldest HIV/AIDS and LGBTI health organisation and Victoria’s largest (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council).

Rainbow Health Victoria

Supporting LGBTIQ health and wellbeing through research and knowledge translation, training, resources, policy advice and service accreditation through the Rainbow Tick.

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

The national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused LGBTIQ+ people and communities.

Community groups

Career and networking 

Research and history

Family

Media and events

Sport

Government and law

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.