In 2015, the Victorian Government established Australia’s first Equality portfolio, with a Minister for Equality and a Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, to support Victorian’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals and communities.

In the first five years of the Equality portfolio, the Victorian Government has championed diversity and inclusion through:

  • supporting the LGBTIQ sector by funding initiatives to challenge discrimination and strengthen and celebrate LGBTIQ inclusion, including in regional and rural Victoria
  • 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 $25 million in funding for the Victorian Pride Centre, currently under construction on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
  • creating and supporting inclusive practices across the Victorian public sector

Much has been achieved for LGBTIQ Victorians, but there is more still to be done. That is why the Victorian Government has committed to develop a long term, whole of government LGBTIQ strategy. This will provide the Government a roadmap and direction on LGBTIQ equality for years to come.

The Victorian Government is committed to designing the strategy with an understanding of the views of LGBTIQ Victorians and the broader Victorian community. To help achieve this, a discussion paper (below) has been developed to capture the input and voices of LGBTIQ Victorians and allies.

The discussion paper sets out the history of progress for LGBTIQ people in Victoria, as well as the current challenges and opportunities. The discussion paper also poses a series of considerations to help capture a broad range of views.

We encourage you to complete the survey below, and/or provide a written submission with your views. Written submissions from individuals or organisations can be provided to equality@dpc.vic.gov.au.

Survey responses and written submissions will be accepted until 3 August 2020.

The Victorian Government’s whole-of-government LGBTIQ Strategy will be developed by Government, with broad consultation with the LGBTIQ community and organisations who support LGBTIQ individuals and communities.

The LGBTIQ Taskforce and Working Groups will provide expert guidance during the development of the LGBTIQ Strategy. The final LGBTIQ Strategy will be subject to Government approval and Ministerial endorsement.

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Privacy collection notice

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The information you provide will be used to develop a whole of Victorian Government LGBTIQ Strategy.

By submitting this survey, you consent to the Department of Premier and Cabinet collecting any personal and sensitive information which you provide in your responses.

The information you provide will be made available to staff in the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Equality and Youth Branch and may be used in working discussions with the LGBTIQ Taskforce and Working Groups, and other Victorian Government department’s working on the development of the LGBTIQ Strategy.

Survey responses and submissions may be published in the Strategy or its appendices, which will be publicly available documents. Efforts will be made to de-identify survey responses and submissions to the extent that this is practically possible.

More information about the Victorian Government’s privacy policy is available via: https://www.vic.gov.au/privacy-vic.gov.au. You are entitled to access and correct your personal information. If you would like to access or correct the information you have provided to the department, please contact us by email at equality@dpc.vic.gov.au. In some cases, requests for personal information may be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).