Ally Network

Ally Network

Ally Network @MQ

Macquarie University is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive campus where all people can safely work and study free of harassment or discrimination. We provide services and support for staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and with diverse genders and sexuality, and part of that support system includes the Ally Network.

Ally Network Steering Committee

The Ally Network is supported and led by the Ally Network Steering Committee. The Committee was established under the University’s LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Plan to support and coordinate the Ally Network to ensure its impact and sustainability. The Committee is actively engaged in identifying issues and opportunities to support the University’s inclusion objectives. The work of the Ally Network Steering Committee focuses on the following 3 key areas:

  • Education
  • Visibility
  • Engagement

Check out the Ally Network Steering Committee's calendar of events to find out about LGBTIQ+ days of significance, Ally Network socials and more.

If you would like to get involved, share ideas or help the Ally Network throughout the year, you are welcome to fill out this EOI form to suggest an initiative to the Committee.

Ally Network Steering Committee members

The Ally Network Steering Committee members have been nominated and selected following a voting process, as outlined in the Ally Network Steering Committee Terms of Reference document, resulting in the following positions:

  • Academic Staff member: Raymond Trau - Senior Lecturer, Management,  Macquarie Business School
  • Professional Staff member: Sophie Curtis - Manager, Sports Development and Partnerships, Campus Life (Co-Chair)
  • Post Graduate Student member: Isabelle van der Ouderaa – PhD student, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Queer Collective representative: Katie Batten -  Student, Faculty of Science & Engineering, member of the Queer Collective (Co- Chair)
  • DVC Research representative: Thom Dixon - National Research Assessments Leader, Research Services
  • Vice-President Human Resources representative: Izzy de Allende - Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Human Resources
  • DVC Academic representative: Xuan Luu - Education officer, Student Diversity & Inclusion Unit
  • Undergraduate Student Representative: Mitchell Mcarthur -Faculty of Science and Engineering

What is an Ally?

An Ally is a staff member or student on campus who, through attending professional development, is aware of the issues faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) community. Allies become a confidential point of contact on campus for anyone interested or affected by these issues, as well as an agent of change who challenge homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and heterosexism. All staff are welcome to participate and stand together as allies, including those who identify as LGBTIQ+ and those who do not.


  • are staff or students
  • provide a confidential and safe environment for people to make enquiries about issues related to matters of sexual diversity and gender identity
  • show leadership through being publicly supportive of sexual diversity and identify themselves as MQ Allies
  • increase respect and inclusion of LGBTIQ+ staff and students
  • role model non-discriminatory practices and language
  • pro-actively combat, wherever possible, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and heterosexism on campus
  • provide information and guidance

Allies are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender identity and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ+ community. They are staff and students who support the University's commitment to equity.

Contact an Ally

Allies are here to help. If you need to have a confidential conversation with someone or need support from the Ally Network, please check the Ally contact list and find the closest or more suitable contact of an Ally at Macquarie.

For more information about the Ally Network, or to register your interest in a workshop, please contact the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Team on +61 (2) 9850 1975 or send an email to

Become an Ally

To learn about LGBTIQ+ Inclusion and what it means to be an Ally at Macquarie University, staff and students undertake a 2-hour professional development workshop to increase their knowledge, understanding, and awareness of issues affecting members of the LGBTIQ+ community including:

  • Exploring the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and intersex status.
  • Empathising with the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ people and explore some of the issues facing the community.
  • Challenging the assumptions held about LGBTIQ+ people and recognising the diversity and intersectionality of their identities.
  • Understanding the university’s commitment to supporting sexual and gender diversity and why LGBTIQ+ inclusion.
  • Developing skills to become an active bystander, learning how to combat homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, heterosexism and other forms of prejudice.
  • Understanding the role individuals play as agents of social change.


Anyone at Macquarie can be an effective Ally. If you don't know how to get started or feel that you don't know enough about why you should be an ally, please read the Macquarie Ally Handbook and resources guide on how to be an effective Ally:

Upcoming Ally Training

Upcoming training sessions will be published shortly.

LGBTIQ+ Inclusion @MQ

Macquarie University is committed to support sexual and gender diversity and promote a safe campus where people who identify (or who are questioning) as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) can work and study free from sexual discrimination or prejudice.

If you want to learn more about Macquarie University's LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Plan and support available for staff and students please visit our Sexual and Gender Diversity webpage.

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