Sexual and Gender Diversity at Flinders

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Universities have a key role to play in promoting cultural diversity among their staff and students. One dimension of 'culture' is sexual identity. Other dimensions of culture include gender, religion, disability, age, and ethnicity. Acknowledging and affirming the sexual and gender diversity of the Flinders' community requires in part an understanding of issues impacting on people who do not identify as heterosexual.

These web pages are intended to serve as a resource of information about sexual and gender diversity for staff and students at Flinders University.

For the purposes of these resources, sexual and gender diversity encompasses people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, queer.

Australian Workplace Equality Index

Flinders, as part of its membership of Pride in Diversity (the national not-for-profit employer support program for sexual and gender diversity), will submit for the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This index sets the benchmark for LGBTIQ workplace inclusion nationally, and will provide us with valuable feedback on how we are tracking - what we are doing well and areas in which we can improve.

While the benchmark does provide us with feedback on what we are doing at an organisational level, it does not provide us with data on the lived day-to-day experience of our sexually and gender diverse employees within our organisation.  Nor does it provide us with feedback on the views and level of awareness of our heterosexual (or 'straight') employees when it comes to sexual and gender diversity inclusion. To provide a balanced view of how we are tracking, the index allows us to participate in an optional, confidential employee survey.  This survey will provide us with that missing 'lived experience' data.  

2019 AWEI Employee Survey (closed)

Thank you to the employees who participated in this survey.

This survey was conducted by Pride in Diversity and Flinders has received back high-level trends with response percentages to assist us in understanding the voice of our employees.