The Victorian Government LGBTIQ+ Strategy (LGBTIQ+ Strategy) will guide the Government’s continued efforts to achieve equality for LGBTIQ+ people for years to come.
Why is the strategy significant?
This strategy will be the first long-term plan for equality for LGBTIQ+ communities involving every part of the Victorian Government.
It is expected to include actions and long-term goals that Victorian Government departments and agencies should consider when going about their work, along with some tangible steps they will take to support LGBTIQ+ people.
Why is a strategy being created?
In 2015, the Victorian Government established Australia’s first Equality portfolio, with a Minister for Equality and a Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality (now the Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities), to support LGBTIQ+ Victorians.
Since the Equality portfolio was established in 2014, the Victorian Government has championed diversity and inclusion through:
- reforming legislation to remove discrimination and enable equality, including birth certificate reforms allowing trans and gender diverse Victorians to alter the sex on their birth certificates and removing historical convictions for homosexual activity
- providing funding for construction of the Victorian Pride Centre
- supporting the LGBTIQ+ sector by funding initiatives to challenge discrimination and strengthen and celebrate inclusion, including in regional and rural Victoria
- creating and supporting inclusive practices across the Victorian public sector
While much has been achieved for LGBTIQ+ Victorians, there is more still to be done. That is why the Victorian Government has committed to developing this strategy, to guide its equality agenda in the years ahead.
How is the strategy is being developed?
The Victorian Government is committed to designing the strategy with an understanding of the views of LGBTIQ+ Victorians and the broader Victorian community.
A public consultation process was run between May and August 2020, with more than 750 contributions made by groups or individuals through virtual consultation sessions, survey submissions on the Engage Victoria website, and written submissions.
A future directions paper will be released in early 2021 for Victorians to have another opportunity inform Government on how the LGBTIQ+ Strategy is taking shape.
The LGBTIQ+ Strategy is expected to be released in late 2021.
Reviewed 18 September 2020