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Equality

Equality


The Victorian Government values and celebrates diversity. It affirms the right to equality, fairness and decency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians and is committed to removing discrimination from Victorian laws, services and society.

LGBTI Taskforce

The LGBTI Taskforce provides advice to the Minister for Equality.

Find out more about the LGBTI Taskforce.

Initiatives

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring policy, programs and services are inclusive of LGBTI communities.

Find out more about equality initiatives.

LGBTI Equality Roadshow

The LGBTI Equality Roadshow is visiting Swan Hill, Shepparton and Mildura from 1-8 November.

Find out more about the LGBTI Equality Roadshow.

What's happening

Out of the Closets, Into the Streets

This project documents the very beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement in Melbourne. Visit the Culture Victoria website.

Pride Centre

Long standing LGBTI advocate Jude Munro will take the reigns as Chair of the Board for Australia's first Pride Centre. Read the media release.

LGBTI Equality Roadshow

Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Ro Allen, is undertaking an LGBTI Equality Roadshow across rural and regional Victoria. The aim of this roadshow is to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and promote their inclusion in everyday rural and regional life.

Kunghah: Sistergirls, Brotherboys and Gender Diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Weekend Retreat

A national retreat for Sistergirls and Brotherboys (Trans) and gender diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to gather together and share knowledge. 18-20 November 2016. Find out more about Kunghah Weekend Retreat.

DPC LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2016-17

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has launched the LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2016-17. The plan outlines the Department's commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment for all employees. Download the LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2016-17.

Same-sex and gender diverse couples can now apply to adopt in Victoria

On 1 September 2016 the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 comes into effect. It means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) couples can adopt under the same circumstances as any other couple. For more information on the adoption process visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/adoption or contact your local Adoption and Permanent Care team. Download the Fact Sheet.

LGBTI Community Grants Program 2016-17

The LGBTI Community Grants Program - has been established to foster the further development of a sustainable and skilled LGBTI community sector in Victoria.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016

This Bill will be introduced in Parliament 18 August 2016 and removes the need for applicants to have undergone sex affirmation surgery before being able to apply for a new birth certificate. Read the media release.

Inclusive Language Guide

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has developed an Inclusive Language Guide to provide guidance to the Victorian Public Sector regarding appropriate language. Download the Inclusive Language Guide.

Message from Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality on Orlando shooting

"The shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando during the early hours of Sunday morning is a shocking and heartbreaking tragedy. The 49 reported killed and 53 wounded were LGBTI community members and allies."
Read the full statement here.

Find out more about Orlando.

Righting the Wrong - State Apology, Parliament of Victoria

On Tuesday 24 May at 2pm, the Victorian Government delivered a formal State apology in Parliament. The Government apologised to those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws that criminalised homosexual acts.

Media releases

Rowena Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Rowena Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Rowena is Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner. Ro has over 20 years' experience in community services, governance, social justice and LGBTI advocacy. Ro was the former Chair of the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board and a commissioner on the Victorian Skills Commission.

As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria's first rural support group for LGBTI young people and a state wide network facilitated through the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria for training and workers support.

Rowena is the former Deputy Chair of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee and former Chair of Communities for Children in Shepparton. Ro was appointed to the first Victorian LGBTI Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2001, chaired the second and served on the third Committee concluding in 2014. Ro was a member and later co-chaired the National Working Party for GLBTI Social Reform established from 2011 to 2013.

Rowena is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was recognised for community service in receiving a Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2009, Ro was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Role for Women.

Contact us

Email: equality@dpc.vic.gov.au

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