• "As a gay man I am privileged to belong to Swinburne. Our university has a deep commitment to diversity in all its forms. Diversity brings strength. Diversity makes us better able to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

    Jeffrey Smart , Former Vice-President, International and Future Students

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    Psychology and counselling services

    If you’re struggling with a personal or emotional matter, our counsellors are available to help. This service is free for all Swinburne students. 

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    Your safety at Swinburne

    We’ve worked hard to create a safe, accepting and vibrant community to ensure Swinburne remains a place where everyone can feel confident and respected – and we aim to keep it that way.

Did you know?

You may be eligible for one of the many scholarships and grants available for students, including The Pinnacle Foundation scholarship.


We hold several events throughout the year aimed at embracing our LGBTIQ+ community, including the annual Pride March and Wear It Purple Day. For details on all our upcoming events, check out events and student union pages.


Gender neutral bathrooms

Swinburne was the first university in Victoria to install gender neutral bathrooms. These are now available across our campuses.

Hawthorn campus

  • Building 1A – Security (1 Alfred Street), ground floor
  • AD (Old Administration building) – Located outside, across from Co-Ground Café and before the lifts and AD102 access. 
  • EN (Engineering building) – Next to EN210 on level 2
  • The Junction (opposite Glenferrie railway station) – Located on level 2, western end of the building.
  • UN (UN building) – Located next to Hammer & Swine on level 3.

Croydon campus

  • CF (Cafeteria)
  • CN6

Wantirna campus

  • WD (Library and studentHQ)

Safe spaces

If you’re looking for a safe space on campus, the Queer Space and Women's Room are spaces that offer facilities and friendly faces.

Queer Space

A safe space for Swinburne's LGBTIQ+ community
Level 1, the Junction (opposite Glenferrie railway station)

Women's Room

A safe space for Swinburne's female students
Level 1, the Junction (opposite Glenferrie railway station)

Swinburne Student Union

Our Student Union groups are welcoming of all LGBTIQ+ students. Visit Swinburne Student Union to find out more.

Additional resources

External organisations

There are many outside organisations dedicated to supporting members of the LGBTIQ+ community. 

Minus18 are champions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) youth Australia wide. They regularly run events, provide peer support and have heaps of relevant resources.  

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TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy. We work to achieve justice, equity and inclusive service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.

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Out for Australia is an organisation that seeks to support and mentor aspiring LGBTIQ+ professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their careers.

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Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc. is a non-profit volunteer-run organisation dedicated to promoting the acceptance of bisexuals in LGBTIQ+ and mainstream society. It provides a fun, safe space where bisexuals can meet, make friends, talk about their experiences, discuss relevant news and find opportunities for activism.

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Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd is an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or traits. 

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This organisation delivers community-led, culturally appropriate services that improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people throughout Australia. 

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JOY 94.9 is an independent voice for the diverse lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender and intersex communities. 

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Need assistance?

For general support and enquiries, please don’t hesitate to send us an email to lgbtiq@swinburne.edu.au.

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