Gender affirmation at RMIT

RMIT welcomes and supports students and staff who are transitioning or affirming their gender.

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 organisations that can provide further assistance.

Personalised support for students changing their name

Changing your name can be an exciting and overwhelming process. If you choose to change your name legally, a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor can help you find the right paperwork, budget for costs involved, and help you apply for financial support (if needed).

Supporting your chosen name in RMIT systems

Legal name or gender identify change

If you have legally changed your name or gender identity, you can update these in all RMIT systems by following the process to Update your personal details.

Known as name changes

If you have not legally changed your name, you can still update your name in some RMIT systems.


You can manually change your ‘display name’ on Canvas and Collaborate Ultra. Go to the Canvas page for instructions.


You can manually change your 'display name' on CareerHub. From the CareerHub homepage, select the Profile tab, select Edit next to name, select Update your details, update your name and select Save.

Outlook student email, Microsoft 365 apps and Google apps

You can submit a request via the Student Connect portal to change your known as name in the following systems:

  • Microsoft 365 apps (Outlook student email, Teams, OneDrive, etc)  
  • Active Directory (RMIT computer sign-on)  
  • Google apps (Google Drive, etc).

In the request, please ensure you include:

  • Known as name in full
  • Pronouns
  • Gender marker (M, F or X)
  • Preferred email address.

An advisor will be in touch, so keep an eye on your emails for updates.

Internal systems

Your name will remain unchanged in the following internal systems:

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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.