LGBTIQA+ community

We pride ourselves on being welcoming and sensitive to the needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA+).

Council celebrates and embraces its diverse LGBTIQA+ communities whose invaluable contributions enrich the social, economic and cultural life of the city.

We pride ourselves on being welcoming and sensitive to the needs of people who are LGBTIQA+ and provide a range of services and advice to assist the LGBTIQA+ community.

Our vision is: An inclusive City where diverse LGBTIQA+ communities are safe, connected and celebrated.

Council works hard to ensure our community is inclusive and we are committed to promoting a fair, just, tolerant and inclusive community.

A Statement of Commitment sprang from a long-standing awareness by Council of the LGBTIQA+ community and it recognises the contribution it makes to the social development in the area.

LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee

To ensure our City continues to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive place, where people of all backgrounds and ages can thrive, an LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee has been established.

Council endorsed the establishment of LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee in May 2021 as part of its ongoing commitment to members of City of Port Phillip 's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual communities (LGBTIQA+).

The Committee is made up of two Councillors and eleven community members. The eleven members of the Committee reflect a balance between individuals and organisations and both the community and business sectors.

The Committee provides advice to Council on issues impacting LGBTIQA+ residents, visitors and businesses. It steered the development of the City of Port Phillip's first LGBTIQA+ Action Plan and will continue to assist in its implementation. See the Terms of Reference for the LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee (PDF 120 KB).

LGBTIQA+ Action Plan

Council’s LGBTIQA+ Action Plan, steered by Council’s LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee, identifies opportunities for Council to recognise the needs and aspirations for LGBTIQA+ people in our municipality and guides Council decisions about its role in embedding LGBTIQA+ inclusion. The City of Port Phillip’s LGBTIQA+ Action Plan is Council’s first and focuses on responding to the specific needs, diversity and vulnerabilities of LGBTIQA+ people.

Following community consultation and extensive engagement, Council formally endorsed the LGBTIQA+ Action Plan 2023-26 on 19 July 2023. 

Read the LGBTIQA+ Action Plan 2023-26.

Visit LGBTIQA+ Action Plan | Have Your Say Port Phillip for information about community consultation and to read the Engagement Report. 

Pride Program 2024

Older LGBTI people

Our Aged Care Services have been Rainbow Tick accredited since 2013. The Rainbow Tick is a national quality framework and accreditation program.

This accreditation shows our commitment to safe, inclusive practice and service delivery for LGBTI people. It is a sign of our commitment to ensuring that our services are inclusive and friendly, and you feel confident to be open in your communication with our City of Port Phillip staff.

For more information about our services, please visit Aged Care and Disability Services.

Victorian Pride Centre

A purpose-built centre located in St Kilda that that is home to community and health services, information, advocacy for LGBTIQA+ people.

More information

To ask us a question, request information or give us feedback, contact us and ask for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

For information about how the City of Port Phillip committed to creating an inclusive workplace, visit our careers page.

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