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The Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities

Ro Allen is Victoria's first Commissioner for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) communities.

In July 2015, Victoria became the first state in Australia to have a Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities, with the appointment of Ro Allen.

The role of the Commissioner is to:

  • promote the safety and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Victorians
  • advocate for the rights of rainbow communities
  • work with LGBTIQ+ Victorians to provide advice to the Victorian Government
  • service providers about their needs and priorities

Until September 2020, this role had the title Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality. The new title: 

  • better reflects the diversity of the state’s LGBTIQ+ communities
  • now includes people with an intersex variation

About Ro Allen

A portrait photo of the Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Ro Allen
Photo by Justin McManus - The Age

Ro has more than 25 years of experience in community services, governance, social justice and LGBTIQ+ advocacy.

Formerly, Ro was:

  • Chair of the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board
  • Commissioner on the Victorian Skills Commission
  • founding Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare Cutting Edge – a frontline support agency in the Goulburn Valley. They established:
    • Victoria’s first rural support group for LGBTIQ+ young people
    • a state-wide network facilitated through the Youth Affairs Council Victoria for training and worker support
  • a member of the Victorian LGBTIQ+ Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2001
    • chaired the second Committee
    • served on the third Committee which concluded in 2014.
  • a member and co-chair of the National Working Party for LGBTI Social Reform between 2011 and 2013

Ro was recognised for their community service with a Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2009, they were inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll for Women.

 

Reviewed 25 March 2021

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