A new Gender Affirmation Policy has been published, following extensive consultation, that details the University of Melbourne’s support for students and staff in affirming their gender identity. The policy reinforces the University’s commitment to building a culture that is safe, inclusive and respectful for all. Everyone is entitled to a study environment or workplace free from harassment, bullying and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or intersex status.
Our initiatives in action
Diversity and Inclusion Steering Comittee
A committee formed to exercise responsibilities in the oversight and delivery of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and implementation plan.
Safer Community Program
The Safer Community Program provides support and advice to members of the University of Melbourne community about inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour.
The Respect Taskforce is responsible for defining and prioritising the goals of the University in eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment amongst both staff and students.
Pride in Action Ally Network
The PAAN works with network members and leadership to build and promote visibility of an inclusive culture where diversity is affirmed and celebrated – from the inside out.
Melbourne Disability Institute Strategic Plan (MDISP)
The MDISP outlines the conceptual approaches that underpin our work, strategic research themes, foundation principles, our approach and the way in which we plan to facilitate disability research.
Athena SWAN Charter for Gender Equity
The Athena SWAN program is an accreditation process which involves an intensive exploration of the state of gender equity and development of a 4-year action plan to address opportunities and challenges.
Indigenous Employment Framework (IEF)
The IEF is the University’s key policy driver for the advancement of Indigenous staff recruitment and retention. This third iteration builds on earlier recruitment successes by focusing on diversification strategies and the provision of career development opportunities.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
The University’s RAP recognises the Australian imperative for reconciliation – a holistic, inclusive and two-way relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians based on mutual responsibility and respect.
Your community, support services and more
Respect. Now. Always.
Resources and information about the University’s commitment to a safe, inclusive, and respectful community.
Making an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment for Indigenous Australians who either come to study or work at the University.
Cultural or religious observance
If you participate in official religious or cultural observance and your commitments will have an impact on your studies, you may be eligible for ongoing support.
Find out about the services and support available to students with a disability.
LGBTIQA+ Groups and resources
Explore LGBTIQA+ clubs, groups, and other resources available at the University and around the community.
Access Melbourne – Special Entry Access Scheme
Helping domestic high school students gain a place in an undergraduate degree, even if academic results are below those normally required for an offer.
Graduate Access Melbourne – Special Entry Access Scheme
Helping domestic students gain a place in a graduate degree, even if academic results are below those normally required for an offer.
Discover a range of inclusive communities affiliated with the University of Melbourne Student Union and find services, clubs, and events for students.