Equal Opportunity Online Training

In September 2018 we were pleased to launch the University’s new Equal Opportunity online staff development module.Equal Opportunity Training Page Image

The new module includes the latest advice on legal and policy obligations of all staff in relation to discrimination, harassment, and bullying across the University. Developed by the Organisational Development Team and the Office of Equity and Diversity, exclusively for Western staff, the new module also includes a segment tailored to those with supervisory and management roles, covering their additional responsibilities.

It is compulsory that every staff member completes the module on a biennial basis, and is now a mandatory part of Western’s New Staff Orientation program. This new version provides the University with the ability to track staff completion rates per School and Division, which will regularly be reported to the Executive Committee.

The University’s values of equity and inclusion are shared by many in the Western community, and we are committed to an institution free of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Please complete the module via MyCareer Online, which is accessed via Staff Online, as soon as possible to help us deliver on this important objective.

If you do not have access to MyCareer Online, e.g. you are a researcher, contractor or entity staff member you can complete the training via this link to vUWS. Please note that you must use Google Chrome as your browser (not Internet Explorer) when accessing the vUWS link to ensure the module displays correctly.  vUWS Smart link to be used:

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact Michelle Falconer at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Ally and Advanced Ally Training

We hold a number of Ally Training sessions throughout the year where staff and students will have the opportunity to become members of the Ally Network.

If you would like to take part in Ally Training in the future please Register your interest for upcoming Ally training.

Training with Pride in Diversity

Western Sydney University are members of Pride in Diversity. As part of our membership we have access to training, one of which is “LGBTQ Awareness”.

The sessions aim to provide participants with an understanding of why LGBTQ workplace inclusion is important to any organisation. It also aims to provide a level of comfort around terminology, explore challenges often faced by LGBTQ employees, and provide awareness on the impact that a culture has on the lived experiences of its employees.

Please find below dates for training sessions.  To register, visit Staff Online and view the dates in the training calendar.

FebruaryLGBTQ Awareness 
Thursday 15th February 12:30pm - 2:00pm
MarchLGBTQ Awareness 
Tuesday 12th March 2:00pm - 3:30pm
AprilLGBTQ Awareness 
Thursday 11th April 12:30pm - 2:00pm
MayLGBTQ Awareness
Tuesday 14th May 3:00pm - 4:30pm
JuneLGBTQ Awareness
Tuesday 13th June 12:30pm - 2:00pm
JulyLGBTQ Awareness
Tuesday 9th July 3:00pm - 4:30pm
AugustLGBTQ Awareness
Thursday 15th August 12:30pm - 2:00pm
SeptemberLGBTQ Awareness
Tuesday 10th September 3:00pm - 4:30pm
OctoberLGBTQ Awareness
Thursday 10th October 12:30pm - 2:00pm
NovemberLGBTQ Awareness
Tuesday 12th November 3:00pm - 4:30pm
DecemberLGBTQ Awareness
Thursday 12th December 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Once I attend this training do I become an Ally?

The “LGBTQ Awareness” sessions are a great foundation course for knowledge within the space. To become an Ally at Western, participants will need to attend an additional Ally Training session – details and new format of Ally Training will be released shortly.

Pride in Diversity will provide participants with an overall understanding of binary and non-binary gender experiences and identities as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The session will explore the complex nature of gender identity and gender affirmation processes (transitioning), provide a level of comfort around terminology, outline some of the unique challenges often faced by transgender and gender diverse employees and how to support an employee affirming their gender in the workplace. The session will also provide awareness on the impact that culture has on the lived experiences of its employees regardless of their gender identity.

MarchTrans & Gender Diverse Awareness
Tuesday 19th March 3:00pm - 4:30pm
MayTrans & Gender Diverse Awareness
Tuesday 21st May 3:00pm - 4:30pm
July Trans & Gender Diverse Awareness
Thursday 11th July 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SeptemberTrans & Gender Diverse Awareness
Tuesday 17th September 12:30pm - 2:00pm
NovemberTrans & Gender Diverse Awareness
Tuesday 19th November 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Pride in Diversity will also provide an interactive session of LGBTQ inclusion tailored to HR professionals, recruitment teams, and hiring managers to understand the specific issues faced by LGBTQ employees and prospective employees.

Please note that you must have completed one of the above sessions before attending any of the below.:

FebruaryLGBTQ HR & Recruitment
Wednesday 21st February 12:30pm - 2:00pm
MayLGBTQ HR & Recruitment
Thursday 16th May 3:00pm - 4:30pm
AugustLGBTQ HR & Recruitment
Tuesday 20th August 12:30 - 2:00pm
November LGBTQ HR & Recruitment
Thursday 14th November 3:00pm - 4:30pm