The Victorian Government values and celebrates diversity. It affirms the right to equality, fairness and decency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians, and is committed to removing discrimination from Victorian laws, services and society. 

LGBTI Taskforce

The LGBTI taskforce provides high level, strategic advice to the Minister for Equality and government departments on current and emerging LGBTI issues and on government policy, programs and services to address those issues. The taskforce works closely with Victoria's Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality to ensure that the government’s equality initiatives are underpinned by genuine community consultation.

Brenda Appleton, a leading activist for the trans and gender diverse communities, is the Co-Chair of the Taskforce along with the Minister for Equality, Martin Foley.

The Department of Health and Human Services is represented (ex-officio) at LGBTI Taskforce meetings by Peter Breadon, Executive Director, Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing.

Full membership details and communiques from the LGBTI Taskforce are available at Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

Health and Human Services Working Group

The role of the Health and Human Services Working Group is to:

  • provide subject matter advice to the taskforce and the relevant government departments on matters of government policy, programs and services
  • provide subject matter advice to the taskforce on current and emerging LGBTI issues
  • provide advice on other matters referred by the taskforce, or where agreed by the chairperson, the relevant government department.

The Health and Human Services Working Group provides advice on ways to improve the responsiveness of mainstream services to issues faced by LGBTI people, and to strengthen the critical roles played by community controlled health and human service organisations.

The Health and Human Services Working Group also advises DHHS on issues relating to ageing and aged care, alcohol and other drugs, child and family services, disability services, families, health services, housing, homelessness, mental health, multicultural issues, public health and health promotion, youth justice and related matters.

Membership

The Health and Human Services Working Group is co-chaired by Ruth McNair and Gabrielle Williams MP. Members of the Health and Human Services Working Group are: Jeremy Wiggins, Asiel Adan Sanchez, Craig Comrie, Jacqueline Tomlins, Jax Jacki Brown, Karen Filed, Keri Alexander, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Minto Felix, Rebecca Dominguez, Simon Ruth and Tori Berquist.

While members are appointed for their individual skills and experience, they bring to the table a wide range of organisational and community connections.

LGBTI taskforce members are ex-officio members of the Health and Human Services Working Group. Victoria’s Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen also attends the Health and Human Services Working Group and the Expert Advisory Groups meetings.

Philip O’Meara, Director, Diversity and Community Participation, Department of Health and Human Services also attends the Working Group meetings in an ex-officio capacity representing the department.

The Department of Health and Human Services provides secretariat support to the Health and Human Services Working Group.

Health and Human Services Working Group Meetings 2018

  • 23 February
  • 20 April
  • 15 June
  • 17 August
  • 12 October

A communique will be developed following each meeting of the Health and Human Services Working Group and are included in the downloads section on this page.

Archived communiques from 2015-16 can be found in the HHSW meeting archive.

Expert advisory groups

The Trans and Gender Diverse and the Intersex Expert Advisory Groups have been established to provide expert advice on issues and specific projects that engage with their communities. The expert advisory groups are made up of community members, clinicians and relevant academics.

It is anticipated that the Expert Advisory Groups will meet up to four times a year with a focus on key identified projects. Current priority projects:

Intersex Expert Advisory Group
Department of Health and Human Services Intersex Policy and Resource Project

Trans and Gender Diverse Expert Advisory Group
Trans and Gender Diverse Service System Development Project

Trans and Gender Diverse Service System Development Project

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services engaged Australian Healthcare Associates to undertake the trans and gender diverse service system development project.  The project focuses on the health and human services needed to support trans and gender diverse people. 

This project represents a unique opportunity to have a say in how health and support services for trans and gender diverse adults, young people, children and their families can be provided in Victoria in the future.