Social inclusion impacts on us all. All South Australians deserve a fair go – to feel valued and have the opportunity to actively participate and to prosper in our community.
Improving outcomes and increasing opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LQBTIQ) people is critical: it not only benefits them but is important to the wellbeing and prosperity of the whole community.
The Department of Human Services’ South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People 2014-2016 aims to enable full and safe participation in culturally inclusive services and programs. It aims to increase the awareness and education in the broader community about their issues.
The strategy is also intended to support State Government departments to include a focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer people when developing and implementing policies and strategies and to respond to and eliminate acts of discrimination. We should value every South Australian and respect the contributions that each person makes to our community.
Increasing work opportunities for LGBTIQ people can lead to increased health and wellbeing, economic status and opportunities for community participation and to increased productivity for the community as a whole.
LGBTIQ people can experience discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in a range of settings, including the workplace. Workplaces must strive to be fair, inclusive, supportive, and to value the contribution of all employees including those with diverse sex, sexuality or gender identities.
Workforce participation of LGBTIQ people in the state public sector has a number of distinct advantages, including providing the State Government with exposure to a broader range of ideas and insights and a closer connection with the diverse clients we serve.