Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Commission welcomes $10 million in initiatives for LGBTI community

The Commission welcomes the State Budget allocation of  $10 million in initiatives towards ensuring LGBTI Victorians have the respect, inclusion, health and happiness to which all Victorians are entitled. 

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. 

More information about LGBTI rights