Resources and support
Staff and students have access to a range of resources to support LGBTIQ+ communities.
Griffith University's staff counselling program
- self-assessment tools
- information on resilience
- information on wellbeing.
All employees and clinicians at Benestar are required to complete LGBTIQ+ inclusion training. A clinician with experience working with LGBTIQ+ communities can be provided on request.
The Griffith Counselling and Wellbeing team offer a LGBTIQ+ friendly service for people from all sexualities, genders and identities. Students can request a counsellor with expertise in this area through our LGBTIQ+ counselling service. Referrals from staff and students are also available.
This is a confidential service and no information will be disclosed to referring staff or Allies concerning any consultations held with students.
We provide a range of LGBTIQ+ and other inclusion resources available to Griffith staff and students. Our Pride in Diversity membership also enables access to a range of networks and community events.
Resources include topics such as:
- support for managers,
- domestic violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships,
- gender diversity resources,
- terminology and definitions and
- upcoming Griffith Pride events.
More details can be found on our internal resources page.
Walking in Rainbow Shoes
This 20 minute module was developed by Pride in Diversity and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, to enable broader training reach, and to assist in raising awareness about LGBTIQ+ inclusion, particularly in the workplace.
Inclusion in sport
A useful resource for any Griffith sporting associations, staff or students wishing to be involved in sport is the Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework for Australian Sports.
A framework document to combat discrimination against same-gender attracted people in sport. Pride in Diversity also provide resources through Pride in Sport.
LGBTIQ+ Inclusive policies and processes
- Inclusive policies: All Griffith policies are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ staff, students and their families (where relevant).
- Gender expression: Griffith supports all employees, including trans, gender diverse and non-binary employees, to dress in a manner that best reflects their gender expression and/or gender identity. Health and safety dress requirements (for example, personal protective equipment) will be maintained.
- Use of facilities: We encourage staff, students and visitors to use the facilities that they feel most comfortable with and/or reflect their affirmed gender. Many of the accessible toilets are non-gendered and available for use. We also have specific non-gendered bathrooms in N79 at Nathan Campus.
- Harassment and Discrimination: The Harassment and Discrimination Officer Network provide information on resolution and support options if you have experienced harassment or discrimination. You can also contact Senior Lead (Diversity & Inclusion). to request an LGBTIQ+ Trained Contact Officer or HR Business Partner. These staff members have completed LGBTIQ+ inclusion training.
- Update your personal details as an Alumni: Find out how to update your name and other details (including details on your degree certificate) as an Alumni in this "Ask us!" question
Support for Trans Staff and Students
Griffith is committed to supporting trans staff and students to affirm their gender (also known as transitioning) in a safe, positive and inclusive way. Our staff guidelines provide information for trans employees, their co-workers, managers, human resource staff, and others who may be involved in a workplace gender affirmation / transition. We also provide guidelines for trans students and the staff that support them.
- Australian Human Rights Commission
Visit the Australian Human Rights Commission site for information related to LGBTIQ+ discrimination and publications.
- Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue celebrates the strength, resilience and diversity of LGBTIQ+ communities. Visit their site for a range of resources on reducing discrimination and promoting mental health.
- Griffith University Ally Network (All campuses)
- LGBTI Legal Service
The LGBTI Legal Service offers free and confidential legal advice to Queensland residents who identify as members of the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community.
- Open Doors Youth Service
Provides support to young people with diverse genders, sex and sexualities. They support young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual, Sistergirl or Brotherboy (LGBTIQAP+, Sistergirl & Brotherboy) aged 12-24 across South East Queensland.
- The Pinnacle Foundation
Provides educational and vocational support to young adults across Australia where their gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics have prevented or hindered achievement of their career aspirations or personal development.
- Queensland Human Rights Commission
Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 and Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 contain specific protections for LGBTIQ+ people. Find out more on the Commission website.
- PFLAG (for parents)
Parent and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Brisbane (PFLAG) is a support group for parents of LGBTIQ people in Queensland. They also strive to support LGBTIQ+ people who are, or fear, they may be abandoned by their families. Contact PFLAG on phone 0400 767 832 or view their contact form and email options.
- Other Support for young people who identify as LGBTIQ+
Visit the Queensland Government site for more support information.
LGBTIQ+ Medical Services