At UTAS we are working hard towards creating a place where all of us, no matter how we identify, feel valued, respected and safe. It is well known that when we can be our full selves, when we can be authentic and open about who we are, we are at our best. In turn, we are then more productive, feel happier, and have greater levels of loyalty and engagement.
Our aspirations and commitments are expressed in our Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Principles. In a practical sense we want to make sure we take steps to reinforce these messages and make it known that diversity enriches us, and as a university we do not tolerate the disrespect, harassment or discrimination of anyone due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We are proud to have an established Ally network. The Ally Network is made up of members of the university community who affirm the inclusion of people of diverse sexuality and gender identities, and provide 'safe zones', support and referral for staff and students. Allies are not identified as any particular sexuality or gender identity but are people who value and believe in a safe, inclusive and diverse university.
Inclusive definitions of 'Partner'
We recognise that family and partnerships are diverse, and we have reflected this in the definition of 'Partner' in our new Staff Agreement (pg 5) (staff only access) to clearly encompass same-sex relationships. This means that provisions in our Parental and Carer's leave policies are therefore accessible to staff in same-sex/gender diverse relationships.
Gender Transition/Affirmation at the University of Tasmania
The University of Tasmania is committed to diversity in the higher education sector and we are proud to be a supportive and inclusive educator and employer of people of diverse sexuality and gender identities. Read more about Gender Transition/Affirmation at the University of Tasmania.
Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination
State and Federal human rights legislation protects the right of people of diverse sexualities and gender identities to equality through freedom from discrimination and harassment. The University’s Behaviour Policy (Governance and Accountability 6.4) sets out the values, standards and expectations for behaviour that apply to our University community. Our University subscribes to the fundamental values of respect and self-respect, fairness and justice, integrity, trust and trustworthiness, responsibility and honesty (UTAS Statement of Values).
If you have experienced or have observed concerning or unacceptable behaviour, we encourage you to contact the Safe and Fair Community Unit:
Relevant and Useful Resources
- Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender
- Diversity in Health
- Same Sex: Same Entitlements
- Writing Themselves in 3: the national study of sexual health and wellbeing of same-sex attracted and gender questioning young people (PDF)
- Department of Education: Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges (PDF)
- Information for Allies on Intersex
- Australian Human Rights Commission: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Equality
- The Study and Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
- *Star Observer