Our commitment to diversity,
Our commitment to YOU
The Australian Institute of Music continually strives to support and celebrate the incredibly diverse nature of our community and works tirelessly to provide a platform for students, staff and alumni to all let themselves be seen and heard, including those who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or questioning (LGBTIQ).
As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive environment, AIM has implemented several initiatives with the goal of promoting and celebrating the diversity of all students which you can find below.
“Music was an outlet for me. A place to kind of make sense of all my feelings and experiences.”
Raised in your typical large and bustling Australian-Filipino family, Patrick first discovered his love of singing at a young age through karaoke with his friends and it wasn’t long before he wanted to pursue singing more seriously.
- Patrick M.
“Even after I left school and the bullying ended, I still kept on bullying myself and thinking that I was flawed.”
Growing up in Sydney’s laid-back Northern Beaches, Harry didn’t always feel like he belonged.
Feeling like he had to fit in with society expected of him as well as being incessantly bullied at school, Harry says he wasn’t mentally in a good place when he left.
- Harry V.
“People just didn’t know how to deal with me – I gradually realised that it wasn’t my issue, it was other people’s issue.”
Moving to Sydney two years ago and starting his journey at AIM as a Music Theatre student, Mitch was overwhelmed with the sheer size of and amount of support the Sydney LGBTI community provided - which couldn’t be more different from where he had grown up.
- Mitchell P.
Internal Services Available
The Australian Institute of Music provides a free, confidential counselling service to help you with anything from academic and study pressures to personal issues you may be facing.
AIM also has a partnership with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) who provide confidential support for our students to utilise at their discretion.
The Australian Institute of Music’s Ally Network is made up of staff and students who support and advocate on behalf of everyone who identifies as LGBTIQ.
The group meets regularly to discuss any LGBTIQ issues and concerns on campus, which reports back to the Executive Leadership team. The goal of this initiative is for all members of our community to feel supported in a judgement-free forum to contribute their best, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Click here to get in touch with the head of our Ally Network, Joshua Suli.
In early 2019 The Australian Institute of Music will be rolling out a training program for all Ally Leaders which involves gender and sexually diverse training courses.
External Services Available
Out for Australia - Supports aspiring LGBTIQ professionals through mentoring and networking opportunities.
The Gender Centre - services for transgender and gender diverse community, their partners, family members and friends including accommodation, counselling, education and training.
ACON - Sydney based not-for-profit that actively promotes LGBT and health, and runs regular workshops targeted at providing support and health awareness.
Pride in Diversity - the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion, specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity.
National LGBTI Health Alliance - The national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on LGBTI and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
Anti Discrimination Board - promotes anti-discrimination, equal opportunity principles and policies throughout NSW and administers anti-discrimination laws of the state.
Life Line - Provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention service