• "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.

Events

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.

Facilities

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) - Bottom floor
  • EN (Engineering Building) - Next to EN210 on level 2
  • AD (Old Administration Building) - Located outside, across from Haddons Cafe and before the lifts and AD102 access. 
  • UN (UN Building) - Located next to the Hammer & Swine on level 3.

Croydon campus

  • CF (Cafeteria)
  • CN6

Wantirna campus

  • WD (Library and Student HQ)

Safe spaces

If you’re looking for a safe space on campus, you’ll find the Queer Space which provides a safe environment for our LGBTIQ+ community as well as the Women’s Room, which provides a similar option for female students. Both spaces are filled with facilities, friendly faces and can be located at level 2 of the AD building, Hawthorn. 

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

Additional services

  • Mentoring services

    If you’re finding it hard to adjust to university life, or just looking for someone to help you learn the ropes, our friendly team of student mentors are here to help. Whether you're commencing a bachelor degree or returning to study as a postgrad, student mentors can advise you on all things Swinburne.

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    Clubs and student organisations

    Join a club or student organisation and meet like-minded people, explore new hobbies and get involved with the issues you care about. Find your people.
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    Health services

    Book an appointment with a doctor, nurse or specialist and find out about costs.

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    Learning and Academic Skills Centre

    Visit the LAS Centre for free consultations to improve your academic and language skills. Get advice on essay writing, making presentations, researching and help with exam preparation.

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 enquires, plese don’t hesitate to contact us.

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