About the Rainbow Ready roadmap
The Rainbow Ready roadmap is a set of resources for Victorian rural and regional communities to build lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) inclusion. The roadmap supports the Victorian Government’s Pride in our future: Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ strategy 2022-32 by enabling the creation of safe, strong and sustainable communities.
Developed through extensive consultation with LGBTIQ+ communities, including through the LGBTIQ+ Rural and Regional , the roadmap aims to address challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ people in rural and regional Victoria.
When compared to the broader population, LGBTIQ+ people living in rural and regional Victoria:
- experience higher rates of family violence
- are more likely to have a diagnosis of anxiety or depression
- are more likely to rate their health status as fair or poor1.
Through tailored guides and practical tools, the roadmap empowers LGBTIQ+ rural and regional communities to drive local change, celebrate and support LGBTIQ+ people.
As a final step, the roadmap supports communities in obtaining Rainbow Ready status: a public display that a setting is welcoming, safe and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ people.
How to use the Rainbow Ready roadmap
- Read the Rainbow Ready roadmap user and select your chosen setting guide
- Assess the current state of your setting using your chosen setting guide and the assessment and evaluation
- Plan your Rainbow Ready activities using the action plan
- Deliver your Rainbow Ready activities
- Evaluate your Rainbow Ready activities using the assessment and evaluation
- Demonstrate Rainbow Ready status using the Rainbow Ready status checklist
Rainbow Ready roadmap User Guide
About the Rainbow Ready roadmap and how to use the resources.
Five tailored setting guides support users of the Rainbow Ready roadmap in understanding what needs to be done to support LGBTIQ+ inclusion in their unique operating context. Select the guide that best matches your setting.
Rainbow Ready roadmap - Community groups
A guide for community groups to become more LGBTIQ+ inclusive and sustainable. Community groups may include social, support, youth and sporting groups.
Rainbow Ready roadmap - Health and community services
A guide for health and community services to become more LGBTIQ+ inclusive. Health and community services include hospitals, aged care, disability services, mental health services and more.
Rainbow Ready roadmap - Local government
A guide for local governments to become more LGBTIQ+ inclusive, and deliver on their commitment to drive LGBTIQ+ inclusion through Victoria’s whole-of-government LGBTIQ+ strategy.
Rainbow Ready roadmap - Businesses and other services
A guide for businesses and other services to become more LGBTIQ+ inclusive. Businesses and other services include retail, banking, church, transport, legal trade and more.
Rainbow Ready roadmap - Learning environments
A guide for learning environments to become more LGBTIQ+ inclusive. Learning environments include TAFE colleges, universities and schools.
Three practical tools support users of the Rainbow Ready roadmap in assessing their progress towards LGBTIQ+ inclusion, planning inclusive activities and demonstrating Rainbow Ready status.
Assessment and evaluation tool
A tool to assess where your community, town, region, service or group is at with LGBTIQ+ inclusion, and to identify areas for improvement. This tool is also used at the end of a Rainbow Ready project, to measure progress, highlight achievements and areas for further improvement.
Action plan tool
A template for planning your Rainbow Ready Roadmap project, and to identify actions, people involved, and desired outcomes.
Rainbow Ready status checklist
A checklist to demonstrate Rainbow Ready status at the end of completing Rainbow Ready roadmap projects and meeting all applicable indicators under your setting guide.
Where to next?
Finished a Rainbow Ready project and have a good news story to share? We want to hear how you’re driving LGBTIQ+ inclusion in your local community. To share your story, simply email the Equality Unit.
Larger organisations and services that achieve Rainbow Ready status are also encouraged to consider Rainbow Tick accreditation, where appropriate. Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program for health and human service organisations, and other large service providers, to show that they are safe, inclusive and affirming of LGBTIQ+ people.
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Reviewed 12 August 2022