Workplace Diversity and Inclusion organises and promotes several equity, diversity and inclusion related events across the University throughout the year.

To keep up-to-date with all the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion related events, training and campiagns, please see below.

News and Events section

UQ Wear it Purple Day

UQ Wear it Purple Day 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 (All day)

This year UQ again proudly celebrated Wear it Purple Day (25 August 2017). Wear it Purple Day has a simple message: you have the right to be proud of who you are. Who you love and how you define yourself does not change that. The idea is simple: wear it purple if you agree.


Research Spotlight Morning Tea


Professor Iain Watson, DVC, EE, UQ Ally Executive Champion and members of the UQ Ally Action Committee
The UQ Ally Network celebrated Wear it Purple Day with a Research Spotlight morning tea. The event was an opportunity to introduce UQ’s new Ally Network Executive Champion, Professor Iain Watson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement), outline the UQ Ally Network’s recent achievements, and celebrate the research of UQ academic staff on gender, sex and sexuality diversity. We are very appreciative of our panel of researchers who shared their research relating to LBGTIQA+ topics, including:

Professor Iain Watson, DVC, EE with our UQ research panel

UQ Celebrating Wear it Purple

This year UQ was happy to see the commercial outlets and local organisation units joining the celebration, as well as having its first visible presence on social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yammer and Snapchat.

               Merlo's Cafe                       The Co-Op Book Store 



       Wordsmith's Cafe                            Boost Juice

UQ awarded 2017 Bronze Tier Employer by Pride in Diversity

UQ awarded 2017 Bronze Tier Employer by Pride in Diversity

UQ is proud to have been awarded a Bronze Award in the Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). The AWEI now stands as the definitive national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees. The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.

This award places UQ as the top performing Queensland university in gender and sexuality diversity inclusion in this Index, and in the top seven universities in Australia.

This is the second consecutive year that UQ has been awarded a Bronze award in this index. 

2017 Bronze AWEI award logo

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Image of the UQ Ally Network and UQ Student Union celebrating IDAHOBT Day in the Great Court

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is about showing support for sexuality, bodily and gender diverse people right across Australia, and the world, to put an end to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and other discriminatory and bullying behaviour. It is celebrated annually across the world on the 17th May.

This year join the UQ Ally Network in the Great Court for an informal morning tea. Details of the event are below:

  • When: Wednesday 17th May, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • What: bring a plate to share and any rainbow blankets, posters, flags etc. for an informal morning tea where we can all catch up and raise awareness about the importance of IDAHOBIT day
  • Who: all are welcome! Please share with your colleagues and network and bring along anyone who can make it!
  • Where: The Great Court. 
  • RSVP: please send Ms Jordan Tredinnick, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant an email if you can attend.



Two UQ Ally members celebrating IDAHOBT day


Julie McKay guest presentation for International Women's Day

Julie McKay guest presentation for International Women's Day

International Women's Day event logo

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite all UQ staff and students to a guest presentation by Julie McKay to celebrate International Women's Day this year on Wednesday 15th March, 10:30am. 

Details of the event are below:


Julie McKay profileJulie McKay is UQ Alumni and was the Executive Director of UN Women Australia for nearly 10 years working to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment globally.  In recent years, she has also served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, working to support the cultural change program within the ADF.

 In addition to her roles with UN Women and Defence, Julie runs a private consulting business working with companies including PwC, Autopia, the QLD Public Service, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Aurizon.

Julie convenes the QLD Male Champions of Change, working with 12 leading QLD based CEOs to advance gender equality within their organisations, which are mostly male dominated industries.  Julie is Chair of the Women’s College Council of the University of Sydney had has held numerous board positions in the not-for-profit sector.  She sits on the PwC Diversity Advisory Board and the Defence Gender Equality Advisory Board.  Julie holds a Masters in Public Policy from ANU, an Executive MBA from the University of Sydney and recently completed a Churchill Fellowship in the area of women’s leadership.

Julie was the 2013 Young Australian of the Year (ACT), 2012 Young Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year (ACT) and has been recently recognised by Women and Leadership Australia with a National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.

The theme for International Women’s Day for 2017 is “be bold for change” and Julie will challenge us to be bold and share her insights and experiences on how to create change. 

Professor Robyn Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair of the UQ Self-Assessment Team for the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program will introduce Julie. 

    International Women's Day

    International Women's Day

    The theme for this year's International Women's Day is 'be bold for change' - will you be bold enough to be part of the change?

    International Women's Day is held on the 8th March each year and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. While we are seeing great change for women around the world, we still need bold change to see true equality for everyone. 

    Workplace Diversity and Inclusion would like to encourage all areas of the University to be bold and take action to celebrate International Women's Day. There are many ways that you can do this - it could be as big as a an event with panel speakers, or as simple as a morning tea to spread the message about the importance of International Wokmen's Day! You could also profile the fantastic women in your organisational unit on your website, send an email to your staff to raise awareness of the day, be visible and have posters around the office or just have a conversation with someone about something you can do this year to be bold for change! 

    Whatever you do, we would love to hear about it! The University is committed to addressing the under-representation of women in STEMM, through the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN, and gender equity more braodly. We would love to celebrate the fantastic bold change happening across the University to work towards achieveing gender equality and inclusion. If you, or your organisational unit, are doing anything to celebrate and acknowledge International Women's Day please conatct the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. We will then be able to record and celebrate all of the wonderful initiatives across the University!

    If you have any questions, or would like to bounce some ideas about possible events or initiatives, please feel free to contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

    Image of the International Women's Day logo


    Australian Workplace Equality Index

    Australian Workplace Equality Index

    In March this year, UQ will once again be submitting for the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).  This index sets the benchmark for LGBTI workplace inclusion nationally and provides our organisation with valuable feedback on how we are tracking, what we are doing well and areas in which we can improve. The index and resulting high-level benchmark data is published by Pride in Diversity, the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI inclusion. 

    This survey is conducted by Pride in Diversity and accessed via the link provided below.  You will be asked for broad demographic data throughout the survey but no personally identifying information will be asked.  There will be opportunities throughout the survey to provide free-form comments back to the employer.  This is the only time in which people can enter identifying information and so to ensure complete anonymity, we request that you refrain from entering any information that could personally identify you.  You may also choose NOT to answer question/s and you may exit from the survey at any time without completing by simply closing the browser.  Should you choose to exit the survey before completion, none of your survey responses will be saved. All responses are confidential.

    We will receive back high-level trends with response percentages to assist us in understanding the voice of our employees.  Free-form comments throughout the survey provide you with an opportunity to anonymously feedback specific comments to us.  

    The survey is open to all UQ staff, regardless of how you identify personally . You will need to log-in with your UQ credentials to access the survey. 


    The survey will be available until 5:00pm AEDT 17 March, 2017.

    Important Note: Please do not distribute the survey link outside of UQ as it is unique to UQ staff. 

    Ally Network Meeting

    Ally Network Meeting

    The UQ Ally Network Meeting allows all UQ Ally members to come together to network, discuss any issues and learn any new information regarding relevant legislation, policy or procedures. 
    To register, and find out more information, please see the Staff Development wesbite.

    Image of the UQ Ally logo

    DHCO Training

    DHCO Training

    This program provides the training required for staff to become a Discrimination Harassment Contact Officer (DHCO) at UQ. The workshop runs over two non-consecutive days.

    UQ is committed to developing an environment that ensures staff, students and visitors are not subjected to behaviours, practices or processes that may constitute discrimination, harassment, vilification, victimisation and bullying. Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers (DHCOs) are often the first point of contact for staff and students with queries related to these issues, a role which has been established by the Discrimination and Harassment policy. DHCOs also undertake awareness raising initiatives in their local organisational unit. Staff who have an understanding of and commitment to social justice principles and have a high level of discretion are invited to apply.

    Once you have successfully completed this course and become a DHCO, you will need to undertake a refresher course every two years.

    To register, and find out more, please see the Staff Development wesbite.
    Pre-requisite: Prior to undertaking training, participants must: (1) obtain supervisor's support; (2) complete EO Online (Modules 1 & 2) and (3) familiarise themselves with relevant University policies.

    2017 UQ Development Fellowships Open for Applicants

    2017 UQ Development Fellowships Advancing Female Academics Open for Applications

    UQR&I is very pleased to announce the opening of the University of Queensland Development Fellowships. The scheme aims to foster development of the most promising early career researchers and retain mid-career and senior academic staff of exceptional calibre at the University. One of the features of the 2017 Fellowships is to enhance the career advancement of women through the Advancing Female Academics strategic scheme objective.

    Key Scheme Features

    • UQ Development Fellowships are available through two funding streams:
      • UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (UQ PDRF): Attracting and fostering talented early career researchers; and
      • UQ Strategic Research Fellowships (UQ SRF): Retaining mid-career and senior academic staff of exceptional calibre.
    • Fellowships will be funded centrally in combination with the Host Faculty/Institute and/or School/Centre. A flat per annum central contribution amount (indexed annually) will be allocated for each of the academic appointment levels from Level A to E. The remaining co-funding is to be provided exclusively by the nominated UQ Host.
    • Fellowships may be applied for and awarded funding for up to a maximum of three years and are to be taken up by 1 January 2018.
    • Fellowships may be held on a part-time basis (for family and/or carer responsibilities).
    • The scheme will strengthen the University’s efforts in enhancing the career advancement of women through the Advancing Female Academics strategic scheme objective.
    • The scheme will use Capacity Areas to help ensure our researchers are provided with a broader base of training and/or experience, extending beyond their research capabilities.
    • The Capacity Area will require the submission of a 3-page portfolio of activities within the application form. One of the three Capacity Areas must be chosen in the application.

    For detailed information on the features of the scheme, selection and eligibility criteria, please refer to the UQ Development Fellowships Guidelines, available on the UQR&I website

    Key Dates

    Applications, along with Faculty/Institute recommendations and rankings, are to be submitted to UQR&I by 5pm 28 September 2016. Applicants should be aware that Schools/Centres/Faculties/Institutes will require applications to be submitted for assessment and ranking prior to this date. Please contact your Faculty/Institute Research Liaison for local deadlines.

    Online Application Form

    UQ Development Fellowships proposals must be submitted via UQR&I Online Forms. For further information, please refer to the ‘How to Apply’ section of the UQ Development Fellowships website. A User Guide is also available under ‘UQ Documentation’ with detailed information for applicants and School/Centre/Faculty/Institute staff on how to create, submit and certify proposals using the online system. A suite of templates are available at the above website and must be used for the various sections of the Application Form which require PDF uploads (such as the CV, Research Plan, and Capacity Area Plan).

    Information Session

    UQR&I will be coordinating an Information Session to outline the scheme features and application process. The session will be conducted at St Lucia and streamed live to other campuses, subject to room availability. Further details will follow shortly.

    Further Information

    The 2017 UQ Development Fellowships scheme Guidelines, Sample Application Form, System User Guide, and relevant template documents are available on the UQR&I website. Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.

    UQ Receives Bronze in 2016 Australian Workplace equality Index

    UQ Receives Bronze in 2016 Australian Workplace equality Index

    Image of the Bronze Award UQ received

    UQ is very proud to have received a Bronze Award in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, placing us in the top four Australian universities for gender and sexuality diversity inclusion in the workplace.

    The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is the definitive national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees. The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.


    Women and Super - Bridging the Gap

    Women and Super - Bridging the Gap

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:30 to 13:30

    UniSuper is hosting a "Women and Super- Bridging the Gap" information session at St Lucia on 19 October. 

    Research shows that women face unique challenges when it comes to retirement savings. They tend to have less super than men for many different reasons, including career breaks and time out of the workforce for to raise families, making it more difficult to build a reasonable amount of super.

    This session is suitable for women of all ages who would like to develop a better understanding of financial matters and be more active in managing their retirement savings. The seminar will cover issues such as:

    • Understanding the retirement gap and the factors that contribute to it
    • Easy and free steps to close the gap
    • Ways to boost your super; including taking advantage of government incentives
    • Examples of how we’ve helped members close the gap

    Details of the event are below:

    • When: 19 October 12:30pm -1:30pm
    • Where: Senate Room, Level 5, Brian Wilson Chancellery Building, St Lucia campus

    Register here to secure your place

    UQ Breastfeeding Network Meeting

    UQ Breastfeeding Network Meeting

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00
    RSVP Date: 
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (All day)

    The UQ Breastfeeding Network will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

    The purpose of the Network is to provide breastfeeding mothers, or mothers-to-be on campus with a support Network where they can meet other breastfeeding mums, hear about the facilities and services available to them, share information and support with each other and provide feedback on their experience as a breastfeeding mum on campus.

    All are welcome! 

    The Network is a great opportunity for any new mums or mums-to-be to build a supportive network and meet other mums on campus! 

    Details for the meeting are below:

    When: Wednesday 21st September 2016, 12pm-1pm.
    Where: Brian Wilson Chancellery Building, #61A, Room 560.
    RSVP: Please RSVP to Ms Jordan Tredinnick, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, on or x60402.
    Details: The meeting will be an informal networking session where you can  share your experiences with others and meet new people. It is open to all.

    For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Jordan.

    National Mental Health Week

    National Mental Health Week

    Sunday, October 9, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day)

    National Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the community.

    As an organisation The University of Queensland is committed to looking to create a mentally healthy workplace and seeking out ways to educate our staff and students to understand, acknowledge and reach out to those who may be doing it tough – whether that be in the workplace, at home or in the wider community.
    This year the University is hosting a number of events which are open to the University community. Our highlight will be Betty Kitchener from Mental Health First Aid.

    More information can be found on the UQ Staff Support National Mental Health week website.

    Image of the UQ National Mental Health week programme

    DHCO and Supervisor Refresher Training

    DHCO and Supervisor Refresher Training

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 11:00 to 13:00

    This short course is designed to provide DHCOs and UQ Supervisors with an update on State and Commonwealth Legislation, UQ policy and processes related to discrimination, harassment and bullying.

    This course should be completed by all DHCO's every two years.

    For more information, and to enrol in the course, please refer to Staff Development.


    Ally Workshop

    Ally Workshop

    Image of the UQ Ally logo

    The Ally Workshop provides training for staff members to become an official UQ Ally.

    The Ally Program was established to promote inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) students and staff through awareness-raising. At the end of the program, participants will have a basic understanding of sexually and gender diverse issues and knowledge of relevant resources that will assist them in their role as an official UQ Ally. Allies help provide a safe, welcoming and confidential environment for those seeking support or information. UQ Allies, however, do not provide "expert" advice or counselling.

    Once you are a UQ Ally, your role will be to provide a safe and welcoming space for staff and students who identify as sexually and gender diverse. You will become part of the Ally Network and be invited to participate in several Network Meetings and events throughout the year which help create an inclusive environment on campus for sexuality and gender diverse staff and students.

    For information about how to enrol in this training session to become a UQ Ally, please see the Staff Development site.


    Racism It Stops With Me

    Racism It Stops With Me

    Image of the Racism It Stops With Me campaign logo

    The University of Queensland has pledged its support of the national “Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign. The ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and encourages individuals and organisations to promote awareness of the impacts of racism, and to prevent and eliminate racism in our community. For more information about this campaign, please see the "Racism, it Stops With Me" website.

    What is Racism?

    Racism can take many forms and can indirectly or directly exclude people from our community on the basis of perceptions of an individual’s race. Racism often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice. Racism has a significant impact at an individual and community level. The AHRC identifies research that demonstrates that racism has a significant impact at an individual and community level, and is linked to poor physical and mental health.

    How is UQ Involved?

    The University of Queensland takes a very strong stance against racism, and is proud to be a part of this campaign. In participating in this national campaign, UQ is taking active steps towards eradicating racism from our society and make a real positive social change.  UQ supports the objectives of the campaign and will continue to do so once the campaign ends.

    UQ’s objectives are closely aligned with the campaigns objectives and include:

    • Raise awareness among staff that racism is unacceptable and not tolerated in our community.
    • Give staff tools and resources needed to take practical action against racism.
    • Empower staff to prevent and respond effectively to racism.
    • Raise awareness that UQ is an inclusive space that embraces people from all different backgrounds and lifestyles and is open to new ideas and cultures. 

    The University of Queensland will achieve the above objectives by providing educational resources and toolkits for staff, promoting the campaign to raise awareness about the issue of racism, develop programs to educate and raise awareness about racism and organise an event to help promote the objectives of the campaign.

    How Can I Get Involved?

    More details about this will be released soon.

    For more information about how you get can get involved please contact your local HR Consultant, contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion or watch this space for more details about upcoming events.  

    International Day for Persons with Disabilities

    International Day for Persons with Disabilities

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 (All day)

    Thursday, 3rd December is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. The day promotes awareness and mobilises support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

    White Ribbon Day

    White Ribbon Day

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (All day)

    Image of the white ribbon day logo

    The University of Queensland supports and acknowledges White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Day, formally referred to as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, is a day for showing solidarity and support to those who experience violence and a commitment to preventing and removing violence against women.

    There are a number of ways that you can show your support to White Ribbon Day. You can donate to the White Ribbon organisation, purchase and wear a white ribbon or a white wrist band to show your support and commitment to the prevention of violence against women. More information about how you can get involved is here:

    The University of Queensland supports the principle that domestic violence is unacceptable at home and in the workplace and is committed to providing a safe work environment for all staff, which is free from fear and abuse.

    The University of Queensland recognises that domestic violence may have an impact beyond an individual’s personal life, and may affect an individual both directly and indirectly in the workplace over a prolonged period of time and offers support to staff affected by situations of domestic violence. More information about the support available can be found in the Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Support Options Available for Staff guidelines.

    National Coming Out Day

    National Coming Out Day

    Sunday, October 11, 2015 (All day)

    Image of the National Coming Out Day logo

    The University of Queensland is proud to support National Coming Out Day.

    National Coming Out Day is a national day to recongise and celebrate the diversity of people's gender identity and sexuality.

    Look out for rainbow flag being flown over the Forgan Smith Building today! If you take any photos, or are celebrating the day, please let Ms Jordan Tredinnick know so that we can share your photos or event information on this page!

    Triple P Program at St Lucia

    Triple P Program at St Lucia

    The Triple P program is being conducted at UQ St Lucia on Friday 14 October 2016.

    This is free of charge for UQ staff so please send it around your networks and encourage the staff to attend these terrific programs.

    To register please go to the Triple P Program website.

    Image of the UQ St Lucia campus

    Wear It Purple Day 2016

    Wear It Purple Day 2016

    Friday, August 26, 2016 - 11:00

    The Ally Network, Queer Collective, Pride Alliance and the borader UQ community had a great morning tea celebrating Wear it Purple Day this year. 

    Wear it Purple Day has a simple message: you have the right to be proud of who you are. Sexuality or gender identity does not change this.

    The idea is simple: wear it purple if you agree.

    Image of the people who attended the Wear it Purple Day morning tea with the Rainbow Pride flag


    Image of the rainbow flag flying on the Forgan Smith building on Wear it Purple Day

    R U OK? Day

    R U OK? Day

    Thursday, September 8, 2016 (All day)

    Image of the R U OK? logo

    R U OK? Day is on Thursday 8 September 2016, and is a day dedicated to reminding us that connecting regularly and meaningfully with people around us can make a difference. R U OK Day is a reminder that by reaching out to others we can make a difference.

    The University of Queensland is proud to support R U Ok Day with organisational units across the University hosting morning teas, lunches and other events. 

    If your organisational unit doesn't have anything organised yet - it isn't too late to get involved! Hosting a morning tea, sending an email to colleagues or putting a poster up in your area - or asking someone if they are OK - are all ways that you can participate and support the day.

    More information can be found on the UQ Staff Support website.

    2016 Equal Pay Day - 8 September

    2016 Equal Pay Day - 8 September

    Equal Pay Day marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men. In 2016 Equal Pay Day falls on 8 September.

    The date is calculated with reference to the national gender pay gap, which is currently 16.2%. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency determines the national gender pay gap using Average Weekly Earnings data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    This data shows that in Australia over the previous twelve month period on average men working full-time earned $1613.60 per week, while women earned $1352.50 – a difference of $261.10 per week.

    More information about Equal Pay Day can be found on the WGEA website.

    Image of Equal Pay Day Flyer from WGEA

    For more information about bridging the gap in super, please see the Women in Super event.