At approximately 7am (WST) on Wednesday the 15th of November, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is set to release results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The ECU Student Guild recognises that this debate has had a significant impact on Australia’s LGBTI community members, who continue to have their lives and relationships scrutinised and judged.
Polling to date indicates the result of the survey will be a ‘YES’ outcome, which we hope is the case. There is, however, the possibility the result will be a ‘NO’ outcome. It is completely understandable that people who identify as LGBTI or who have loved ones in this community are feeling anxious and nervous in the lead up to the result release. Unfortunately, this release date coincides with the first week of exams. This is why the Guild has worked with ECU to ensure services, spaces, and faces are available to you, no matter what the outcome is.
If the release of the results are having a negative impact on your studies, you can discuss this impact with ECU Counselling. Extra appointments have been made available on November 15 and 16.
You will need to make an appointment by phoning (08) 9370 6706
ECU Counselling is a free, confidential service to all current ECU students in Australia.
If you are more comfortable going to your own GP or Health Professional, please ensure they fill out ECU’s ‘Deferred Assessment Medical Certificate’.
If you miss or are unable to sit your exam talk to a Guild Student Assist Officer as soon as possible about your options (email@example.com).
ECU Student Guild has taken a stance in support of marriage equality and all Guild spaces operate as part of the ALLY network. The ECU Student Guild is committed to providing an equitable and safe environment for all students. If you have voted ‘no’ the Guild respects your right to vote on the issue however you please, on the day of the survey release the Guild extends solidarity to the LGBTI community and will not be a space for celebration of a ‘no’ result or expressing disappointment in a ‘yes’ result.
ECU Student Guild
Joondalup: Building 34.215
Mount Lawley: Building 12
South West: Building 7
Guild & Queer Collective Pride Rooms
The ECU Student Guild in collaboration with the ECU Queer Collective have set up Pride Rooms for the day. This is a safe place to relax, vent, watch movies, eat, and do whatever you need to do with people from the Queer community and allies.
Joondalup: Building 10.101
Mount Lawley: Building 3.202
South West: Building 2.107
ECU Student Guild Student Assist Officers
Our service is free and confidential to Guild members
(08) 6304 2640 | ecuguild.setmore.com
Free and confidential service provided by ECU to all current students in Australia
(08) 9370 6706 | ecu.edu.au/student/support/counselling
WA AIDS Council
Free online, telephone, and face-to-face counselling in Western Australia
1800 671 130 | waaids.com/counselling
Free National telephone and online counselling service 3pm – 12am daily.
1800 184 527 | qlife.org.au
Safe drop in centre and online space for young people (under 26).
Drop In sessions Times: Wednesdays 5pm-8pm, Fridays 4pm-8pm
9228 0354 | freedom.org.au
For parents, family and friends of queer people information and support groups.
0404 594 699 | pflagwa.org.au
National 24 hour, 7 days a week phone and online counselling.
13 11 14 | lifeline.org.au
ECU Security will be alerted to the significance of the day for LGBTI people and have a dedicated team of professional, highly trained security officers, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist and protect students, visitors and staff.