Supporting our people

Across La Trobe, we offer a number of different services to support our staff.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free and confidential support program for a wide variety of work-related and personal problems. The program is available to all employees of La Trobe University and their immediate families (living under the same roof).

You can refer yourself at any time (24 hours, 7 days a week) or a referral can be initiated through your Supervisor, Manager, Human Resources, friends and peers. If you wish to access the service, please call 1300 687 327 or visit the EAP intranet site (intranet access only - staff login required) for more information.

For further information contact La Trobe Health and Safety at (03) 9479 2462.

What can the EAP help you with?

  • work-related issues
  • interpersonal conflicts
  • stress, anxiety and depression
  • relationships and family issues
  • financial and legal difficulties
  • drug, alcohol and other dependency problems
  • critical incident/post trauma counselling
  • grief and loss.

EAP is confidential. The program maintains complete confidentiality for all who access the service. A consultant will not communicate issues unless authorised by the individual.


Enabling people with disability to fully and equally participate in the workplace.

La Trobe is committed to creating a workplace where different abilities are recognised, valued and celebrated. We care about providing a workplace where people with physical and/or intellectual disability, carers of people with a disability, and people experiencing and managing mental health issues are supported to thrive.

Cultural Diversity

La Trobe proudly celebrates our history of embracing cultural diversity and are committed to maintaining a culturally diverse workplace.

The following resources provide information for managers and staff on leveraging cultural diversity to build a supportive, engaged and connected workplace.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

FECCA offers a range of resources to support employers, managers and leaders in developing strategies to foster a diverse and harmonious workplace. These include:

A series of ten factsheets which cover a range of issues, from exploring cultural diversity in the context of Australia's broader workforce, to legal frameworks concerning workplace discrimination. They also discuss myths and commonly held misconceptions about cultural diversity in the workplace.

Diversity in Disability Toolkit

This toolkit offers advice for leaders to engage and support staff with disability who are from culturally diverse backgrounds:

Sexuality and Gender Identity

La Trobe values staff and students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI) and are committed to creating an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

We are leaders in championing inclusivity within our University, as well as other workplaces, through the following:

ALLY Network

The Ally Network is a group of staff and students who have volunteered to support the LGBTI community at La Trobe. ALLY supporters have completed training around awareness of LGBTI issues and experiences, and actively celebrate Queer culture at the University.

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)

ARCSHS is a centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships. We work in partnership with communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals to produce research that advances knowledge and promotes positive change in policy, practice and people's lives

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV)

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria is situated within ARCSHS. GLHV is an independent, state government-funded LGBTI health and wellbeing policy and resource unit. In 2014, GLHV finalised a licencing agreement with QIP for use of the Rainbow Tick standards which consist of six standards against which organisations can be accredited to demonstrate that all their practices, procedures and protocols are LGBTI-inclusive.

Support for People Affected by Violence

The University condemns all forms of violence including domestic violence.

La Trobe provides focused support to people affected by violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our hotline 1300 687 399. Our concern is the safety and wellbeing of staff and students and we want to ensure that no one within the La Trobe community feels alone.

In addition to the hotline, the University provides a broad range of support to staff who experience domestic violence. Information can be found in:

If you have been affected by an incident of violence, it is important to remember that it was not your fault. We believe you, you are not to blame and you are not alone.

We can help with:

  • your immediate safety, both mental and physical
  • providing immediate support to assist you
  • providing ongoing support and access to professional services.