This is an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to, and leadership in, the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, or any other diverse sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTIQA+)* community members.
ACCOs funded through this initiative will be the first Aboriginal organisations to receive Rainbow Tick accreditation.
The accreditation builds on the work organisations are already doing and supports them to better respond to people from LGBTIQA+ communities, including male victims, female perpetrators, ‘brotherboys’ and ‘sistergirls’ who face significant barriers, service gaps and a lack of clarity about referral pathways in seeking family violence support.
Transgender women and men in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities often call themselves ‘sistergirls’ or ‘brotherboys’.
The ACCO initiative aligns with Dhelk Dja: Safe our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families, which supports approaches that are inclusive of the whole community and identifies LGBTIQA+ people as part of Aboriginal communities.
FSV will support a number of self-nominated ACCOs receiving family violence program funding to achieve Rainbow Tick accreditation. FSV will provide 100% of accreditation fees and some staffing fees to acknowledge the time and resources required to undertake this process.
*LGBTIQA+ refers to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or gender diverse, queer, intersex, asexual or other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. This acronym was used in Dhelk Dja: Safe our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families, the Aboriginal 10-Year Family Violence Agreement which was released in October 2018.
Reviewed 03 October 2019