Students who identify as LGBTQIA+ have the right to feel safe and welcome at Curtin.
LGBTQIA+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and otherwise diverse in your sexuality and/or gender.
The Guild continues to fight to make sure that students feel safe to express who they are.
We've put together this information and resources to support those who need it.
The Guild’s Queer Department provides support, advocacy and a safe space for queer-identifying students and allies.
Every year, a Queer Officer is elected to represent their fellow students with the support of Queer Collective members which allows for more frequent activities and events, expands the representation of marginalised students and gives more students the opportunity to participate in decision making spaces.
Contact your Queer Officer
There’s also a private Queer Department Discord channel you can join. Just ask the Queer Officer!
Equity Space (Building 106F)
The Queer Department also has a room in the Guild Equity Space that is open for students to drop by and hang out when needed.
Find the Equity Space in Building 106F with access through the sliding door of Guild Undercover Courtyard. Open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
Quick Assist Video: What are the Equity Spaces?
How to be an Ally
Educate yourself, show your support and speak up for those around you.
Learn more about Curtin's Ally Training
Health & Counselling
Curtin Medical Centre
The medical centre on the Curtin Perth Campus provides supportive medical services and advice for LGBTIQ+ students.
Curtin’s Safer Community Team
They available 24/7 on campus and you can contact them to report any incidents or concerns.
Other services they provide include security escorts, courtesy rides and mechanical assistance.
In an emergency, please dial 000 (0 000 from an internal phone)
As a member of the University community, if you have been treated with unjust or discriminatory behaviour, or if you have observed such behaviour by others within the university, you may make a complaint.
Learn more about Curtin’s Official Complaints Process and examples of discrimination.
How do I come out to my friends? What if they don't want to hang out with me anymore?
At your own pace! You also don’t have to tell every friend at the same time, so you can take it slowly. Consider their current level of acceptance – do any of them already have LGBTQIA+ friends? Have they said things that make you think they’ll be cool with it? You can tell them face to face if you feel most comfortable, or online – however you think it will feel easiest.
If they respond poorly or don’t want to spend time with you, it’s their loss. There are millions of people in the world that will be your friend who accept all of who you are.
Gender Affirmation at Curtin
Curtin supports staff and students who are in the process of affirming their gender or considering gender affirmation.
The original Gender Transition at Curtin Guide is currently under review to ensure it reflects updated legislation and best practice.
For futher information and specialised support, visit Curtin's website or contact your Guild Queer officer.
Changing your Formal Name - Supporting Documents
To change your formal name at Curtin, you must complete the form found in OASIS and attach supporting documents in order to finalise your application.
The requirements for the supporting documents are as below:
All Gender Toilets
There are many all gender toilets on the Bentley campus. To find your nearest all gender toilet:
- Click on the link below
- Click on "POI Categories"
- Select "Toilet - All Gender"
- The locations will then be highlighted
It's important to understand that you are not alone when it comes to mental health and your wellbeing.
Here's some resources available for domestic and international students in Australia.