LGBTIQ+ Action Plan 2018–2020

The Department is committed to providing an inclusive and safe work environment where employees can bring their whole selves to the workplace. The Australian Government recognises that individuals may identify and be recognised within the community as a gender other than what they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as a gender which is not exclusively male or female. This is demonstrated through the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender. The guidelines apply to APS departments and agencies. 

LGBTIQ+ Action Plan 2018–2020 Priority 1

Priority 1


First 12 months

  1. Review workplace policies, documents and communications to ensure they are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ employees.
  2. Develop guidelines to support gender transition and gender affirmation in the workplace.

and for the next two years

  1. . Develop a diversity and inclusion web page on the Department’s website to include a diversity brand, partnerships, testimonials and promotional videos.

LGBTIQ+ Action Plan 2018–2020 Priority 2

Priority 2


First 12 months

  1. Develop a three-year communication strategy.
  2. Organise activities to promote LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion which recognise major days of LGBTIQ+ significance. 
  3. Provide regular LGBTIQ+ awareness training for all employees to attend. 

and for the next two years

  1. Investigate participation in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) every year.

LGBTIQ+ Action Plan 2018–2020 Priority 3

Priority 3


First 12 months

  1. Nominate an internal senior executive employee to be Champion for LGBTIQ+ employees and promote and drive LGBTIQ+ inclusion.
  2. The Pride Network will continue to drive LGBTIQ+ departmental initiatives.

and for the next two years

  1. Run regular training for departmental LGBTIQ+ Allies to be champions of workplace inclusion.