Wednesday, July 24, 2024

EOI opens for LGBTIQ+ advisory groups

The Victorian Government is encouraging members of the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer communities interested in helping shape government policies to join the next term of the LGBTIQ+ Taskforce and its working groups.

Minister for Equality, Harriet Shing today opened Expressions of Interest for individuals interested in joining the LGBTIQ+ Ministerial Taskforce and its two working groups which will focus on justice and health and wellbeing respectively.

“It’s so important that our equality policies and actions are directly informed by lived experience – the diversity of queer voices in groups like the LGBTIQ+ Taskforce has been central to many of the reforms we’ve delivered,” said Minister Shing.

“Lasting and positive change to the lives of LGBTIQ+ Victorians takes sustained and genuine community consultation and collaboration – I encourage anyone who is interested in being part of this work to apply.”

The advisory groups provide expert advice on important legislative reform, policies and programs across government, helping ensure policies and programs meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

The Minister said the Taskforce and its working group members will play an instrumental role in ensuring the voices of queer communities are at the heart of the implementation of Victoria’s first whole-of-government 10-year LGBTIQ+ strategy, Pride in our future.

“’I encourage LGBTIQ+ leaders from all parts of Victoria’s diverse rainbow communities to consider applying for the taskforce or working groups,” said LGBTIQ+ Taskforce co-chair, Jayde de Bondt.

“Your expertise and lived experience matters and can inform the vital work government is doing to celebrate, empower and support LGBTIQ+ Victorians.”

Launched by the Labor Government in February 2022, Pride in Our Future provides the roadmap to drive equality and inclusion for Victoria’s diverse communities. Up to nine community members will be appointed to the LGBTIQ+ Taskforce and to the working groups for a fixed term of two years.   

More information about the LGBTIQ+ Taskforce and its working groups can be found at vic.gov.au/lgbtiq-taskforce.

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