Teachers as Workers

LGBTIQ people are legally protected from workplace discrimination, bullying, harassment and vilification. If you are experiencing homophobia, discrimination or harassment contact your local Federation Organiser for advice, or alternatively you can call Professional Support on 1300 654 369.

Department of Education, NSW
As an employer, the Department of Education in NSW has the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for its employees. The Department has a number of documents that aim to deal with homophobia in schools that can be accessed from the Department’s website. Relevant documents include the Department’s memo regarding Homophobia in schools, the Code of Conduct Policy and its related procedures, the Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Charter, the Complaints Handling Policy and Complaints Handling Guidelines. Other relevant policies may include the Student Wellbeing Framework, Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy and the Anti-bullying Plan for Schools.

Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
Discrimination against someone because of their sex or sexuality (i.e. you are gay or lesbian; someone thinks you are gay or lesbian; or because you have a relative, friend, associate or work colleague who is gay or lesbian, or someone thinks they are gay or lesbian) is against the law – including in employment.

It is also generally against the law in NSW to treat someone unfairly or harass them because they transgender, or because they have a relative, friend, associate or work colleague who is transgender.

Further information on discrimination can be accessed at the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW website. The website has specific pages about transgender discrimination and homosexual discrimination.

Australian Human Rights Commission
Information about LGBTI people’s human rights as well as information from projects and publications by the Human Rights Commission are accessible on their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Equality webpage.

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

Facts sheets and links are available at this website. The information provided informs people that lesbians and gay men are protected from workplace discrimination, harassment, vilification and unlawful termination by federal and state laws.


There are a number of fact sheets available at beyondblue which highlight the factors that affect LGBTI people.

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