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.


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

Find out more about equality initiatives.

LGBTI Community Grants Program

The LGBTI Community Grants Program has been established to foster the further develop a sustainable and skilled LGBTI sector.

Find out more about the LGBTI Community Grants Program.

What's happening?

Pride Events and Festivals Fund 2018/19

The Pride Events and Festivals Fund is one of many ways the Victorian Government is supporting LGBTI communities. The fund was established for LGBTI events in Victoria and is intended to promote LGBTI arts and culture, celebrate diversity and acceptance, and build resilience against LGBTI discrimination.

LGBTI Community Grants Program

The 2018/19 grant round will be open for expressions of interest later in the year. Click here for more information about how to apply.

Victorian Pride Centre

The Victorian Government unveiled the winning design for the Victorian Pride Centre.

Better Together 2018

Better Together 2018 was a two-day national conference held at the Melbourne Town Hall in Victoria, Australia from 12 to 13 January 2018. The conference explored current issues facing the LGBTIQ movement, bringing together voices from women’s rights, indigenous rights, disability, the Deaf community, and multicultural and faith groups.

DPC LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2017-2018

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has launched the LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2017-2018. The plan outlines the Department's commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment for all employees. Download the LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2017-2018.

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was a national survey that gauged support for legalising same-sex marriage.

LGBTI Equality Roadshow

The LGBTI Equality Roadshow visited 23 towns across Victoria to promote diversity and inclusion. For many towns, it was the first time multiple local services, agencies and LGBTI community members came together.

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 services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/adoption or contact your local Adoption and Permanent Care team..

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.

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.


Ro Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Rowena Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Ro 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.

Ro 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.

Ro 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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