Supports for Students & Staff

Mardi Gras 2020 we all matterWestern Sydney University is proud to have a tradition of students and staff who identify from diverse sexualities and genders. We understand that studying or working can sometimes hold additional challenges for someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). That's why we work hard to ensure that our student and staff support services, facilities and benefits are LGBTIQ inclusive, safe and friendly. All students and staff have the right to access University's support services, facilities and benefits regardless of sexuality or gender.  This also means that any family or partner support or benefit offered through the University, is equally available to our students and staff in a same sex partnership or from a family of same sex parents.

Some of the networks, mentoring, counselling and peer supports available at Western include:

Ally Network - Allies have participated in a professional development program and are aware of challenges faced by our sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTIQ) community. Ally's are involved in the ongoing activities of the Ally Network and are available to provide guidance, advice and support to our LGBTQI students and staff.

Rainbow Western - A Western staff collective which aims to provide a safe social space for Western staff who self-identify as LGBTIQ and facilitate peer-support, mentoring and collaborations among its members.

Queer Collective - a network for students identifying as LGBTIQ to help provide peer support, mentoring, resources and a safe space for our sexuality and gender diverse students, and those who are grappling with questions or issues relating to identifying as LGBTIQ.

Western Counselling Services -  A team of qualified social workers and psychologists who are available to support our diverse student community on any issues of concern, and can provide support and referral information for our LGBTIQ students.

Visit the links below for more detail about the supports and services available for our student and staff LGBTIQ community.