LGBTIQ Taskforce

The Victorian LGBTIQ Taskforce advises the Victorian Government on LGBTIQ issues to support equality through legislation reform, new policies and programs.

Taskforce membership

Members have terms of 2 years. The Minister for Equality announced members of the new Taskforce on 11 January 2018.

Co-chairs are:

  • Martin Foley — Minister for Equality
  • Brenda Appleton — Trans and gender-diverse leader

Other community members are:

  • Anna Brown, Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation, Human Rights Law Centre, Co-Chair Equality Campaign
  • Aram Hosie, LGBTIQ leader with expertise in transgender rights, community health and drug reform
  • Gregory Phillips, leading Aboriginal health expert with experience in advocating for queer Aboriginal communities
  • Jamie Gardiner, long-time human rights activist, former member of the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Vice-President of Liberty Victoria and board member of the Human Rights Law Centre
  • Ruth McNair, General Practitioner and Honorary Associate Professor, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

Deputy Secretaries from the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Justice and Community Safety, Education and Training and Health and Human Services are also ex-officio members.

LGBTI Taskforce members

LGBTIQ Taskforce members. Left to right: Gregory Phillips, Aram Hosie, The Hon Martin Foley MP, Brenda Appleton, Dr Ruth McNair, Anna Brown and Jamie Gardiner.

Meeting outcomes 

Meeting 11 outcomes June 2018

Meeting 10 outcomes March 2018

Meeting 9 outcomes December 2017 - new Taskforce membership starts

Meeting 7 and 8 outcomes March and June 2017

Meeting 5 and 6 outcomes September and December 2017

Meeting 4 outcomes July 2016

Meeting 3 outcomes April 2016

Meeting 2 outcomes December 2015

Meeting 1 outcomes September 2015

The LGBTIQ Taskforce is supported in its work by 2 working groups.

Health and Human Services Working Group

Advises the Department of Health and Human Services and the supports the taskforce on issues relating to:

  • ageing and aged care
  • alcohol and drugs
  • child and family services
  • disability services
  • families
  • health services
  • housing
  • homelessness
  • mental health
  • multicultural issues
  • public health and health promotion
  • youth justice

For more information, visit the Health and Human Services website.

Justice Working Group

Advises the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the supports the taskforce on issues relating to:

  • civil law
  • criminal law
  • youth justice
  • safer communities
  • policing
  • corrections

For more information, visit the Justice and Community Safety website.

Reviewed 29 November 2019

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