Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Staff
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has an active LGBTIQ Committee and Network for employees who identify as LGBTIQ and allies. The Committee and Network is led by employees and is strongly supported by the Senior Executive Staff and the broad staff base. Our two LGBTIQ Champions are visible supporters of LGBTIQ employees within DSS, they attend meetings, provide strategic and policy advice, support the Committee in achieving its goals and represent the Committee on issues relating to LGBTQI workplace inclusion when required.
Our two Pride Senior Advisors assist the DSS Pride Committee with a broad range of issues, including: building our DSS Pride ally base; looking for opportunities looking for opportunities for the Committee to input LGBTIQ focus into Department’s work; a sounding board for the DSS Pride Committee; helping LGBTIQ visibility in the Department; and calling out unacceptable behaviours.
We are a proud member of Pride in Diversity and work to support the visibility and representation of the LGBTIQ people within the department and the boarder community. In 2016 DSS was awarded ‘Bronze Employer’ by the Pride in Diversity AWEI awards.
DSS is committed to fostering a culture where employees with diverse sexuality and/or gender feel respected, valued, empowered and safe to bring their authentic selves to the workplace.