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 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 by email: LGBTIQCouncil@act.gov.au.

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 has been a member of the Council since 2014 and was appointed chair in 2016.  During her time on Council, she has been working on Aged care issues, especially diversity training and the review of the Retirement Villages Act.  Anne-Marie is a longterm member of Canberra Qwire, a founding member of Rainbow Refugee Action and of Lyneham Commons, a community food forest in Lyneham.  She is also a member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and has advised Northside Community Services in their development of culturally safe services supporting LGBTIQ volunteers and elders.  Anne-Marie is an accomplished former public servant with more than 20 years senior experience within the federal environment portfolio.

Wayne Herbert (Deputy Chair)
Wayne’s entire career has been focused on assisting people with disability into employment and training. Wayne is currently the Deputy Director of People and Planning at LEAD. His has many years’ experience working within the Disability Employment Services Program (DES). Wayne has also previously worked within the former Disability Employment Network (DEN). Wayne has experience in all aspects of client relations, human resources, and business administration. Wayne has a keen interest in social and employment policy that ensures the talents and expertise of people with disability are recognised in the workforce and community more broadly. Wayne is a strong advocate for people with disability and works to ensure that full participation in both work and community life is realised.

Wayne has a unique insight into the issues facing people with disability as he has lived the last 35 years with Cerebral Palsy  and a proud member of other minority groups knows that small, practical, achievable changes within organisations can and will make lasting long term changes.

Isabel Mudford
Isabel is an active member of the ACT LGBTI community, having volunteered and worked for a variety of LGB and TI organisations over the last 4 years. She has a particular commitment to advancing the rights of transgender and intersex people. Isabel has worked and volunteered for A Gender Agenda since 2013 and has participated in a number of ANU Queer Department campaigns to ensure the security and well being of transgender and intersex students and staff. She recently completed her honours thesis in Gender, Sexuality and Culture at ANU for which she received the 2016 ANU Gender Institute Prize for honours. In 2017, Isabel has taken a graduate position in the Australian Public Service where she has become involved with the Pride Network.

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.

Kat Reed
Tushara Wickramariyaratne
Scott Clouder
Simon Copland
Ali Khan
Suzanne Eastwood
Christine Healy
Stephanie Lum

Contact

Secretariat
ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial 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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