The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests $3.2 million to establish and resource Australia’s first dedicated Equality portfolio within the Department of Premier and Cabinet. This includes the creation of a Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, an LGBTI Taskforce and a program of reform to remove discrimination from our laws and services.
Victoria’s new Gender and Sexuality Commissioner will promote the rights of LGBTI people in the community and champion LGBTI-inclusive practices across government and society.
The LGBTI Taskforce – with a Health and Human Services Working Group and a Justice Working Group – will be a whole of government advisory group driven by community consultation.
The Budget also includes $5.9 million to fund programs that promote the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians.
The Safe Schools Coalition will receive an extra $1 million so all Victorian government secondary schools receive teacher training and resources to support LGBTI students.
The government has also commenced a review of adoption laws to remove discrimination against same-sex couples.