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The Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy

The Victorian Government is creating the state’s first whole of government strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) individuals and communities.

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?

Victoria has made great progress towards equality since the Victorian Government established Australia’s first Equality portfolio in 2015. You can read about some of this progress here.

However, stigma and discrimination continue to contribute to LGBTIQ+ Victorians being more likely to experience poor mental health, suicidal thoughts and attempts, harassment and abuse, homelessness, difficulties with alcohol and drug use and intimate partner and family violence than the broader community.

That means there is still more to be done to achieve equality. This strategy will guide the Victorian Government’s efforts to continue progressing equality for the coming decade.

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.

Consultations

A public consultation process was run between May and August 2020, with more than 750 people or groups having their say on what the strategy should include through virtual consultation sessions, survey submissions on the Engage Victoria website, and written submissions. A Discussion Paper helped inform these conversations.

Further opportunity for feedback

A Directions Paper was released in late 2020, proposing a vision for equality and four key areas for potential change in services, systems and policies to underpin the Strategy. More than 750 people had their say on the proposed vision and key areas for change on Engage Victoria at engage.vic.gov.au/lgbtiqstrategy.

This feedback will be taken into account as the final strategy is developed. It is expected to be released in mid to late 2021.

You can find copies of the Discussion Paper and Directions Paper which have helped guide the development of the strategy at engage.vic.gov.au/lgbtiqstrategy.

More information

For more information on the LGBTIQ+ strategy, email equality@dffh.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 30 March 2021

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