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Sexuality & Gender Diversity

Wearing It Purple at Lismore campus 2015 Southern Cross University is committed to providing a work and learning environment free from harassment and discrimination which embraces and supports an understanding of and respect for diversity.

The University acknowledges and actively supports lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff and students.

The Equity & Diversity Office engages with LGBTI communities and external organisations on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues, particularly in relation to student and staff experience.

The Southern Cross University Enterprise Agreement includes "same sex partner" in its definition of family, for the purposes of an employee's leave entitlements.

"Congratulations on what you have achieved with LGBTI inclusion at Southern Cross University. Your work has consistently demonstrated leadership and creativity in effecting positive change for a more inclusive campus life for everyone and LGBTI staff and students in particular.

We consider the Equity & Diversity Office and the University more broadly as a key stakeholder for ACON's work in the Northern Rivers and Coffs Harbour regions."
Marie Reilly, Regional Manager, ACON Northern RiversACON logo

The Equity & Diversity Office offers Understanding Gender & Sexuality Diversity training for staff to enhance their understandings and abilities to work successfully with LGBTI colleagues and students.

LGBTI staff or students may contact Equity & Diversity Contacts, who have been trained in LGBTI awareness, to discuss any equity or discrimination matters they perceive or experience.

Each year, as part of the SCU Diversity Calendar, the University acknowledges the following important LGBTI events.

For more information please contact Senior Equity & Diversity Officer Rob Cumings.

Safe Place Program

The University has developed a network of LGBTI Safe Places which aim to create a sense of safety, connection and inclusivity for LGBTI people. The Safe Place Program is a way the University visibly demonstrates that it is welcoming and supportive of members of the LGBTI community. Safe Places are located at:

Coffs Harbour

  • Student Hub, M Block, Coffs Harbour Education Campus
  • SCU Library, E1 Block, Coffs Harbour Education Campus
  • Student Counselling Service, F Block, Coffs Harbour Education Campus
  • National Marine Science Centre, 2 Bay Drive, Charlesworth Bay, Coffs Harbour

Gold Coast

  • Student Hub, Level 1, Building A, Gold Coast Campus
  • SCU Library, Level 4, Building A, Gold Coast Campus


  • Equity & Diversity Office, Goodman Plaza, Lismore Campus
  • Student Centre, X Block, Goodman Plaza, Lismore Campus
  • SCU Learning Centre, Goodman Plaza, Lismore Campus
  • SCU Law Students Society Room, L Block, L113, Lismore Campus
  • LEXSA, Goodman Plaza, Lismore Campus

Information and Resources

Equity & Diversity Contacts
Equity & Diversity Plan
SCU Diversity Calendar
SCU Enterprise Agreement
Safe Place Program
2010 Youth Service / Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW