The ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial Advisory Council
The ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial Advisory Council provides advice to the ACT Government and community on issues affecting LGBTIQ persons. The Advisory Council provides practical and strategic advice to support the LGBTIQ community, improve the lives of people who identify as LGBTIQ and promote an inclusive Canberra.
The Council welcomes input on strategic policy issues affecting LGBTIQ persons in the community.
For further enquiries please contact the Secretariat on 02 6207 2552.
On 5 March 2013, the ACT Government appointed a new 12 member Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Community Advisory Council. The membership of the Council brings together a diverse range of skill, experience and expertise to assist the Government develop and implement policies that are relevant LGBTIQ persons and the broader community. The Council membership represents a wide range fields such as education, business, legal, community support and health services.
In August 2014 the Government expanded the Council to 13 members. The 13 member Council, chaired by Heidi Yates, includes Megan Baker-Goldsmith, Anne-Marie Delahunt, Harley Dennett, , Ian Goudie, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, Peter Hyndal, , Lyn O’Brien, Katherine Reed, Douglas Robinson, Veronica Wensing and Jennifer Yates. Further information about each Council member is outlined below.
Heidi Yates (Chair)
Heidi is a human rights, employment and discrimination solicitor with a background in the Community Legal Sector. She has worked extensively within the LGBTIQ community at a local and federal level with a particular focus on law reform projects aimed at removing discrimination against LGBTIQ Australians. Heidi was the media spokesperson for the ACT lobby group 'Good Process' and is a legal consultant for the transgender and intersex community organisation ' A Gender Agenda'. She has experience on a broad range of not-for-profit and government boards with particular skills in chairing and facilitation, stakeholder engagement, community consultation and strategic policy development.
Peter Hyndal (Deputy Chair)
Peter has an extensive history of involvement in local and national LGBTIQ organisations as a volunteer and paid employee as well as having lived experience as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Peter was a founding member of A Gender Agenda and has worked to establish the organisation to the point of receiving recurrent ACT Government funding.
Peter is currently a member of a number of ACT and Federal Government LGBTIQ advisory groups and is also a member of a number of relevant community groups and has won numerous community awards for his work in the LGBTIQ community.
Megan is an aviation environment specialist and air traffic controller working with Air Services Australia. Megan has a strong history of community volunteering, including on QRadio to lead discussions on LGBTIQ issues from the perspective of a lesbian within the LGBTIQ community. Megan has nominated as an independent member and has no formal affiliations with current LGBTIQ organisations in Canberra.
Anne-Marie is an accomplished former public servant with 22 years of senior experience with the federal environment portfolio. Anne-Marie was a pioneer of peer supervision and mentoring of LGBTIQ public service staff. Anne-Marie has a history of working with ACT LGBTIQ groups and projects, and is currently the convenor of the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire and is working with Northside Community Services as an advisor of the development of culturally safe services and supporting LGBTIQ volunteers and elders. Anne-Marie has demonstrated experience in engaging with stakeholders and mentoring and a commitment to projects benefiting the community.
Harley is a senior journalist with extensive communications experience is a variety of fields including radio, online media, government agencies and has recently been appointed to the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Harley has been specifically employed as an LGBTIQ-correspondent and has often advocated for LGBTIQ voices to be heard and is an active member of LGBTIQ communities in which he has lived. Harley has a demonstrated background and experience in representing the interests and concerns of LGBTIQ communities.
Ian was nominated from Diversity ACT, a community-based non-profit organisation which exists to support the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ Canberrans and to advance a culture of inclusion within the wider ACT community. Ian is the founder of Diversity ACT.
Ian is an active and longstanding member of the Canberra LGBTIQ community, a qualified welfare worker and a devoted father and husband. He has extensive experience operating several businesses both in Canberra and interstate, including gay nightclubs in the ACT.
Ian feels passionate for causes that bring out the best in the members of Canberra’s LGBTIQ community, and believes that everyone in Canberra, regardless of their sex, gender or sexual identity, is entitled to the best quality services and support that the ACT can offer.
During 2013, Ian was awarded with a number of accolades for his work as a volunteer, founding Diversity ACT and as a student completing a number of concurrent courses of study. Ian was the 2013 Canberra Institute of Technology, Vocational Education ACT student of the year and was Runner up in the 2013 Australian National Training Awards Vocational Education Student of the year announced at the national awards in Perth in December 2013.
Ivan is currently the vice president of PFLAG Capital Region and is on the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department Diversity Council. Ivan is also the ACT representative for Australian Marriage Equality. As part of the work on the AG’s Diversity Council, Ivan is particularly focused on developing an active and inclusive workforce within the Department as well as establishing policy for transgendered and intersex staff. With PFLAG Ivan is hoping to play a part in establishing culture shifting anti-bullying school programs as well as contributing to developing integrated support services for homeless LGBTI youth.
Lynne has an extensive history of management and leadership in the arts, events, and the LGBTIQ community in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Lynne is a life member and recipient of the LGBTIQ Lifetime Achievement Award from Diversity ACT. As a director of New Mardi Gras, Sydney PRIDE, and as a member of the Gay Gaymes bid team, I demonstrate an ongoing commitment to promote and support diversity.
Katherine is currently an honours student studying at the Australian National University with impressive achievements in community development and diversity projects that show a strong commitment to inclusiveness. Katherine is currently presenter of the 2XX ‘Friday Night Lip Service’ program and currently working on a project for homeless youth.
Douglas is a young gay man who founded and continues to manage the Capital Queers - a Mardi Gras float and social group. As a gay rights activist, vibrant community member and representative for the LGBTI people of Canberra, Douglas believes it is important to have a fresh outlook and balanced LGBTI voice.
Veronica has held a number of Ministerial appointed positions, including: the Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women; the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council; and the Domestic Violence Prevention Council. Veronica has a long history of community sector work, in the areas of youth, homelessness, women’s services and rape crisis. She is an active member of the Qwire and currently working as Gender Advisor to the ACT NDIS Taskforce.
Jennifer is a psychologist and educator with A Gender Agenda and nominated as a representative of A Gender Agenda. Jennifer established a network of mental health professionals to up skill members to feel confident to work effectively with the LGBTIQ community. Jennifer has a long history in the education sector in the ACT, undertaking many specialist roles in the support, equity and diversity fields, including LGBTIQ.
ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Community Advisory Council
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