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

We value and are committed to the diversity of gender, sex and sex characteristics, 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 Silver award in the 2019 Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) and Bronze in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 AWEI.


UQ is recognised as a Silver employer in the 2019 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Based on these results, UQ is the top Queensland university and in the top 7 Australian universities in gender, sex and sexuality diversity inclusion.

UQ was awarded a Bronze award in the 2018, 2017 and 2016 Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index.

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

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:

UQ Ally Executive Champions

Professor Tim Dunne, Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Tim Dunne is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Queensland and is deputy to Professor Aidan Byrne, UQ’s Provost. Tim has 25 years of experience as a researcher, educator and academic leader. His most recent appointment (2014-2017) was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UQ. Prior to his four-year term as Dean, Tim was the Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as well as Professor of International Relations in the School of Political Science. He is internationally recognised for his work on human rights protection and foreign policy-making in a changing world order. In recognition of his scholarly contribution, Tim was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia in 2016.

Tim is honoured to be a UQ Ally Champion. As any researcher on human rights would argue, all people have universal and equal rights by virtue of our common humanity. More immediately, the University has a responsibility to create safe spaces for all staff and students to work, study, and build enduring friendships. In meeting this responsibility, UQ is being true to its values of ‘promoting diversity in the University community’ and ‘supporting our people’. The Ally network plays a key role in reminding UQ of its commitment to these values; in so doing, it is not only doing the right thing, it is also helping to make the University stronger and more appealing to future staff and students.

Professor Doune Macdonald, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Doune Macdonald is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at UQ and is responsible for achieving UQ's teaching and learning objectives.

Learn more about Professor Doune Macdonald on About UQ.