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Equity and Diversity

Equity and Diversity

TAFE Queensland's Commitment

What You Need to Know

TAFE Queensland celebrates and values the diversity of its community, and is dedicated to ensuring equal opportunity and treatment for students throughout their learning experience.

In particular, TAFE Queensland is committed to creating a positive learning environment for students that promotes equality, is free from discrimination and harassment, and is supportive of the specific needs of individuals.

TAFE Queensland is committed to the following principles for the management of student equity and diversity:

Principle 1:  We will provide equal access to all prospective students during the admissions process.

Principle 2: We will create a positive learning environment that protects students from discrimination, harassment, and other inappropriate behaviours.

Principle 3: We will foster an inclusive and flexible learning environment that works to meet the specific needs of students.

Principle 4: We will provide students with access to appropriate support services.

Creating a Respectful Environment

What You Need to Know

Equal Access to Admissions:

TAFE Queensland provides equal access to student admissions.

We will ensure that:

  1. Admission processes are free from discrimination;
  2. Entry into TAFE Queensland is determined by meeting published course entry requirements and pre-requisites; and
  3. Access and equity issues are considered when setting course entry requirements and pre-requisites.

Addressing Discrimination and Harassment:

Under the TAFE Queensland Student Rules, discrimination and harassment are forms of misconduct, and will be managed under the Student Misconduct process.

Instances of discrimination and harassment may also be unlawful behaviour under Queensland or Australian law, and may result in further action being taken.

Fostering an Inclusive and Flexible Learning Environment

What You Need to Know

You may be eligible to receive some of the following academic and learning support services, based on your requirements and the capability of TAFE Queensland, including:

  1. Reasonable adjustment: Changes to accommodate the individual needs of students with illness, injury, impairment, or disability and enable them to participate in education and training;
  2. Flexible learning: Flexible training and assessment options to maximise student participation; and
  3. Academic and learning support: Additional academic and learning support (such as literacy and numeracy support).

Protection of Privacy

What You Need to Know

TAFE Queensland has a legal obligation to store certain student records for prescribed periods.

We are however committed to respecting the privacy and confidentiality of student personal information.

We will not disclose personal information to third parties without your consent, unless we are permitted or required to by law.

You can contact your teacher or Student Services/Customer Services to discuss how your personal information is collected, used, stored, and disclosed, and the process for accessing or making corrections to your personal information.

Provision of Personal Support Services

What You Need to Know

If you need personal support for any issue impacting your education and training, TAFE Queensland will endeavour to help you.

If you need to discuss any issue, you can talk to your teacher or your local Student Services/Customer Services area.

Information for LGBTQIA Students

TAFE Queensland is committed to supporting the needs of all students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA).

Creating a Respectful Environment

What You Need to Know

Addressing Discrimination and Harassment:

TAFE Queensland works to provide a respectful environment for all students.

All students can avoid discrimination and harassment by being respectful and inclusive in their interactions with LGBTQIA persons, including:

Avoiding Deliberate Discrimination and Harassment:

  1. Avoiding any form or verbal harassment of LGBTQIA persons, in particular directed towards an LGBTQIA person's gender, sex, sexual orientation, dress, or other personal circumstances;
  2. Refraining from any verbal abuse towards LGBTQIA persons;
  3. Avoiding threats or actual physical confrontations or assaults of LGBTQIA persons;
  4. Abstaining from inappropriate use of electronic resources, devices, and social media in addressing or commenting on LGBTQIA persons; and
  5. Respecting the property of LGBTQIA persons.

Avoiding Discrimination and Harassment through Insensitivity or Ignorance:

  1. Using the gender, sexuality, name, and gendered prefix and pronoun the LGBTQIA person nominates for themselves;
  2. Avoiding questioning the gender, sexuality, name, and gendered prefix and pronoun the LGBTQIA person uses for themselves;
  3. Refraining from asking what an LGBTQIA person's 'real' or 'birth' gender, sexuality, name, and gendered prefix and pronoun is;
  4. Avoiding discussing an LGBTQIA person's physical appearance, unless invited to do so; and
  5. Avoiding questions about an LGBTQIA person's anatomy, sex life, relationship status, or medical treatment, unless invited to do so.

Under the TAFE Queensland Student Rules, discrimination and harassment are forms of misconduct, and will be managed under the Student Misconduct process.

Instances of discrimination and harassment may also be unlawful behaviour under Queensland or Australian law, and may result in further action being taken.

Providing Access to Facilities

What You Need to Know

TAFE Queensland students are able to access the bathrooms and change rooms that best correspond to their gender identity.

For example, transgender men (birth-assigned females who identify as male) are able to use male designated bathrooms and change rooms, and transgender women (birth-assigned men who identify as female) are able to use female designated bathrooms and change rooms.

Students accessing bathrooms and change rooms that best correspond to their gender identity have no obligation to communicate their decision to use those facilities.

However, if you wish to communicate your use of a bathroom or change room that corresponds to your gender identity with local staff or students you can discuss this with your local Student Services/Customer Services area, including using a Change of Personal Details Action Plan.

If you require increased privacy in access to facilities, you can ask Student Services/Customer Services for advice on how to accommodate your needs, for example accessing single stall or unisex bathrooms.

Amending TAFE Queensland Records

What You Need to Know

Change of Preferred Name:

TAFE Queensland allows students to make changes to their preferred name as they choose. No supporting evidence is required.

If you wish to change your designated preferred name, you can complete the Continuing Student - Personal Details Check form (for existing Students).

Change of Legal Name:

TAFE Queensland allows students to represent a change in legal name in cases where supporting evidence of a legal name change is presented, in particular:

  1. Verification of an update to your Unique Student Identifier profile (if you have or are eligible for a Unique Student Identifier); or
  2. A Change of Name Certificate (if you are not eligible for a Unique Student Identifier).

If you wish to change your designated legal name, you can complete the Continuing Student - Personal Details Check form (for existing Students).

Change of Gender:

TAFE Queensland allows students to make changes to their designated gender as they choose. No supporting evidence is required.

Whilst we don't require any evidence to support this change, we ask that for consistency of records that you provide verification of an update to your Unique Student Identifier profile (if you have or are eligible for a Unique Student Identifier).

If you wish to change your gender details, you can complete the Continuing Student - Personal Details Check form (for existing Students).

Implementing a Change of Preferred Name, Legal Name, or Gender:

When you have completed the Continuing Student - Personal Details Check form and submitted it to Student Services/Customer Services along with any supporting evidence we will work with you to communicate these changes with appropriate staff and students, using a Change of Personal Details Action Plan. This is a joint effort and we'll respect your wishes for how we communicate your changes in details.

Further Information

For further information, contact your local TAFE Queensland region.