UQ is committed to developing and maintaining a safe, positive and inclusive environment for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer/questioning (LGBTIAQ+) that is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.

We value and are committed to the diversity of gender, sex, and sexuality among our staff, as demonstrated in the UQ Strategic Plan.

Our initiatives include:

  • the UQ Ally Network
  • educating staff on gender, sex and sexuality diversity inclusion through Ally workshops and other resources to create a well-informed and inclusive UQ community
  • policies that use a definition of partner and families that is inclusive of same-sex partnerships and family units
  • policies, informed by legislation, that demonstrate UQ’s strong commitment to removing any barriers that LGBTIAQ+ community members may face
  • support for gender affirmation/transition in the workplace
  • events to celebrate and recognise national and international days of significance
  • gender-inclusive categories in HR systems.

Ally Network

The UQ Ally Network is an award-winning network of well-informed staff who create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for sex, gender and sexuality diverse people at UQ and the broader community.

We received a Bronze award in the 2017 and 2016 Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index.


UQ was awarded a Bronze award in the 2017 and 2016 Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index. Based on the 2017 AWEI results, UQ is the top Queensland university and in the top 7 Australian universities in gender and sexuality diversity inclusion.

In 2011 UQ was named as one of the top 10 most LGBTIAQ friendly Australian employers by Pride in Diversity.

Executive Champion, Professor Iain Watson

As the inaugural UQ Ally Executive Champion, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Professor Iain Watson provides visible leadership of the UQ Ally Network.

Professor Watson’s career has spanned more than 20 years working in academia. Graduating from Ulster University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Professor Watson went on to complete a Master of Science and a PhD, focussing on the use of market and industry data in financial distress modelling.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), Professor Iain Watson is responsible for leading the University's overall engagement strategy, with a particular focus on expanding the quality and scale of engagement with prospective students, industry, government, alumni and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The position works collaboratively with all UQ portfolios to develop, articulate and sustain a shared vision of engagement.

Professor Watson is currently a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Immediate Past Chair of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Initial Accreditation Committee, Director of the Australian Ireland Fund and sits on the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Australia) Council of Governors. He is also a member of the Queensland Male Champions for Change.

Pride in Diversity membership

UQ is an active member of Pride in Diversity, an Australian not-for-profit organisation that works with Australian employers to promote LGBTI inclusiveness in the workplace.

We work with Pride in Diversity to:

  • develop and maintain an inclusive work environment
  • report annually on programs, initiatives and objectives in regards to this commitment
  • build resources to further educate the UQ community on LGBTIAQ+ inclusiveness.

As a member of Pride in Diversity, we have access to resources to support the inclusion of the diversity of gender and sexuality. These resources are for UQ staff only and should not be shared publicly.

Staff development and guides

Support services

You and your immediate family can access the Employee Assist Program (EAP).

Students should refer to the UQ Union, a member of the Ally Network or Student Services for support and advice.

External services:

LGBTIAQ-friendly health services: