The New South Wales Government is seeking applications for a new advisory council which is set to guide government in addressing issues affecting LGBTIQ+ people across the state. 

Fulfilling an election commitment, the LGBTIQ+ Advisory Council will provide a mechanism for ongoing community consultation and contribute to the development of a State Government LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Strategy.

The Advisory Council will provide ongoing advice to the State Government as it delivers on a range of initiatives and commitments designed to promote equality and inclusion for LGBTIQ+ communities.

These initiatives include:

  • Implementing new legislation to ban LGBTQ+ conversion practices
  • Supporting Qtopia, the permanent home for the LGBTQIA+ museum at the former Darlinghurst police station, through a $6.7 million commitment
  • Completing a legislative review to improve equality and inclusion for LGBTIQ+ people 
  • Referring a review of the Anti-Discrimination Act to the New South Wales Law Reform Commission 

The 16-person Advisory Council will reflect the diversity of LGBTIQ+ communities in New South Wales.

Applications are being sought from people over 18 years of age with respect, influence and status within LGBTIQ+ communities and a demonstrated commitment to cooperation, inclusion and diversity.

People from First Nations, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications can be submitted at the LGBTIQ+ Advisory Council webpage.

The New South Wales Government is also establishing a Cross-Portfolio Committee on LGBTIQ+ Issues, bringing together senior government officials with community representatives, that will coordinate efforts across government and enhance collaboration and partnerships. 

This Committee will work with the Advisory Council to develop a whole of government LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Strategy.

Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, Penny Sharpe, said that there has been incredible progress to advance the equality and inclusivity of LGBTQIA+ communities in New South Wales but there is more to do.

“The advisory Council is an election commitment that will help us do that work.”

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