The Office for LGBTIQ Affairs

The Office for LGBTIQ Affairs coordinates and supports strategic government projects and policy to promote Canberra as the most LGBTIQ friendly City in Australia. It is located within the Policy and Cabinet Division of the Chief Minister Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.

The Office:

  • coordinates a whole of government approach for promoting Canberra as the most LGBTIQ friendly city in the country;
  • engages relevant areas of government with subject matter expertise to implement legislative reform, promote inclusive events, and appropriately targeted services for LGBTIQ people;
  • supports and engages with the LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council on matters where the government is seeking advice and guidance; and
  • provides policy advice to the Chief Minister on LGBTIQ affairs matters.

The ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial Advisory Council

The ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial Advisory Council provides advice to the ACT Government and community on issues affecting LGBTIQ persons. The Advisory Council provides practical and strategic advice to support the LGBTIQ community, improve the lives of people who identify as LGBTIQ and promote an inclusive Canberra.

The Council welcomes input on strategic policy issues affecting LGBTIQ persons in the community.

Council’s Terms of Reference

For further enquiries please contact the Secretariat on 02 6207 0206.

Membership

The ACT Government has welcomed nine new members to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council has a key role in maintaining Canberra’s reputation as Australia’s friendliest city for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.

The new members were selected for their expertise and experience in issues faced by the LGBTIQ community and their networks within the community. They are passionate individuals with experience in a wide range of LGBTIQ groups across Canberra and who demonstrate a sound knowledge of the interests and concerns of those in the LGBTIQ community.

The Advisory Council brings together a diverse range of skills, experience and expertise to assist the government to continue to develop and implement policies that are relevant to LGBTIQ persons and the broader community.

The Council has a strong focus on issues such as discrimination, aged care, education, sport and tourism and reports to government through the Chief Minister.

It provides valuable practical and strategic advice to the ACT Government to support the LGBTIQ community, improve the lives of people who identify as LGBTIQ and promote an inclusive Canberra.

Anne-Marie Delahunt (Chair)
Anne-Marie is an accomplished former public servant with 22 years of senior experience with the federal environment portfolio. Anne-Marie was a pioneer of peer supervision and mentoring of LGBTIQ public service staff. Anne-Marie has a history of working with ACT LGBTIQ groups and projects, and is currently the convenor of the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire and is working with Northside Community Services as an advisor of the development of culturally safe services and supporting LGBTIQ volunteers and elders. Anne-Marie has demonstrated experience in engaging with stakeholders and mentoring and a commitment to projects benefiting the community.

Tushara Wickramariyaratne

Isabel Mudford

Scott Clouder

Wayne Herbert

Simon Copland

Joseph Ishow

Ali Khan

Suzanne Eastwood

Christine Healy

Harley Dennett
Harley is a senior journalist with extensive communications experience is a variety of fields including radio, online media, government agencies and has recently been appointed to the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Harley has been specifically employed as an LGBTIQ-correspondent and has often advocated for LGBTIQ voices to be heard and is an active member of LGBTIQ communities in which he has lived. Harley has a demonstrated background and experience in representing the interests and concerns of LGBTIQ communities.

Lyn O’Brien
Lynne has an extensive history of management and leadership in the arts, events, and the LGBTIQ community in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Lynne is a life member and recipient of the LGBTIQ Lifetime Achievement Award from Diversity ACT. As a director of New Mardi Gras, Sydney PRIDE, and as a member of the Gay Gaymes bid team, I demonstrate an ongoing commitment to promote and support diversity.

Katherine Reed
Katherine is currently an honours student studying at the Australian National University with impressive achievements in community development and diversity projects that show a strong commitment to inclusiveness. Katherine is currently presenter of the 2XX ‘Friday Night Lip Service’ program and currently working on a project for homeless youth.

Contact

Secretariat
ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Community Advisory Council
C/- Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: LGBTIQCouncil@act.gov.au

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