The UQ Written style guide webpage provides resources on best-practice advice on using inclusive language in work and education at UQ . All staff should implement the principles of inclusive language in all aspects of the work and study environment at UQ.

Inclusive language is language that is respectful and promotes the respect, acceptance, and value of all people. It is free from words, phrases or tones that demean, insult, exclude, stereotype, infantilise or trivialise people on the basis of their membership of a certain group or because of a particular attribute.

In order to be inclusive, language must also be accessible to all members in our community. This means that you should use appropriate language and format for the purpose of your communication.

The rich diversity of our staff and students is one of UQ's biggest assets. It should be assumed, that in any group, there will be people:

  • from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • with visible or hidden disabilities
  • representing different genders and sexualities
  • holding different religious and spiritual beliefs.