VPS Pride Network

The Victorian Public Sector Pride Network is a peer-led network that champions workplace inclusion for LGBTI employees and their allies.

We connect Victorian Public Sector (VPS) LGBTI employees and encourage an LGBTI inclusive culture. This allows the government to be an inclusive employer, decision-maker and service provider for LGBTI Victorians.

Our workforce is at its best when it reflects the communities we serve. This helps us to develop better policies and programs and improve service delivery for all Victorians.

What does the network do?

We organise:

  • networking events
  • sessions and panel discussions to explore LGBTI issues and workplace inclusion
  • events to mark days of significance to LGBTI communities

We also:

  • offer advice to departments and agencies on the needs and priorities of their LGBTI staff
  • identify and advocate on issues for LGBTI public servants
  • work with sector People and Culture teams to improve policy and practice

Some of our biggest initiatives to date include:

  • starting an LGBTI specific Employee Assistance Program, which included support during the national marriage equality debate
  • coordinating the annual VPS participation in the Midsumma Pride March and Midsumma Carnival
  • starting the annual VPS Pride Awards to recognise and celebrate achievement in LGBTI workplace inclusion in VPS workplaces
  • helping to distribute thousands of rainbow lanyards to public sector workers across Victoria

How can I get involved?

The network is open to all LGBTI staff and allies from all parts of the VPS. Everyone is welcome.

There are many ways you can get involved. Attend events or join one of our portfolio working groups across Events, Communications, and Policy and Inclusion.

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with pride network news and find out about activities you can take part in.

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Departments and agencies also have their own network you can join. Check your intranet for details.

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Reviewed 02 October 2019

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