Equality within employment is a right according to law. LGBTIQ people are making advances towards achieving equality and the public consciousness has, over the last few years, shifted in a more positive direction. As an indication of these changing attitudes, growing numbers of employers, including prominent graduate recruiters, have signed up to actively support gender diversity in the workplace.

If you’re considering issues faced by LGBTIQ people in the workplace, feel free to address questions about coming out at work, and during the job search, with RMIT’s Careers and Employability staff.

Being out at work

Coming out is a very personal decision and there isn’t ‘a one size fits all’ approach. Please see the resources below to support your decision.

LGBTIQ friendly employers

Many organisations value and actively target diverse employees who identify as LGBTIQ.

The following is a list of Australian employers that are members of ‘Pride in Diversity’, Australia’s only not-for-profit program designed specifically to assist Australian employers to ensure the inclusion of LGBTIQ employees.

Coming Out Australia

Coming Out Australia provides advice and resources that help with the "coming out" process, including workshops and one-on-one support. 

Gay & Lesbian Switch Board

A volunteer organisation that provides free and confidential telephone counselling, referral information service for the GLBTI communities.

Genderqueer Australia

Specialising in supporting those who are gender questioning and genderqueer, their families, friends and professionals who they go to for help. Anyone who identifies as part of the "gender" community is welcome.

Globe Melbourne

A diverse group of both women and men who are business owners, private consultants, employed professionals, and students focused on the GLBTI business community, and those with an interest in professional and social networking.

Minus18

Minus18 is Australia's largest support network for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender teenagers all over Australia.

Parents & Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG)

Group of parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who offer support and friendship for families and parents, and members of the GLBTI community who may need support in coming out to their family and friends. 

Pride in Diversity

Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.

QLife

QLife is Australia's first nationally-orientated counselling and referral services for people who identify as LGBTI. Services are nation-wide and include early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people's bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities and lived experiences.

Rainbow Network Victoria

A central place where you can search support services around you or search via a type of service you are after.

RMIT Queer Department 

Organise events, represent LGBTIQ interests at RMIT.

Transgender Victoria

Provides benevolent relief and services to transgender people, and fights against discrimination faced by transgender people in Victoria by being an advocate for legislative reform in all aspects of human rights for transsexuals and cross-dressers alike.

► Australian National LGBTI Recruitment Guide 2015-2016 (PDF 170 pp, 4.8Mb)

Australia’s national LGBTI recruitment guide profiling Australian employers active in LGBTI workplace inclusion.

Mentees are students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ) who receive career and personal guidance from LGBTIQ industry professionals. Mentees can develop their strengths and awareness of LQBTIQ friendly employers. 

► Find out more about the pride mentoring program.

Australia’s national LGBTI job board dedicated to assisting all graduates and jobseekers connect with organisations actively engaged in LGBTI inclusion initiatives.  

► Find out more about the LGBTI Jobs board.