The ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, 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 by email: LGBTIQCouncil@act.gov.au.
The Advisory Council has a key role in maintaining Canberra’s reputation as Australia’s friendliest city for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.
Members were selected for their expertise and experience in issues faced by the LGBTIQ community and their networks within the community. They are passionate individuals with experience in a wide range of LGBTIQ groups across Canberra and who demonstrate a sound knowledge of the interests and concerns of those in the LGBTIQ community.
The Advisory Council brings together a diverse range of skills, experience and expertise to assist the government to continue to develop and implement policies that are relevant to LGBTIQ persons and the broader community.
The Council has a strong focus on issues such as discrimination, aged care, education, sport and tourism and reports to government through the Chief Minister.
It provides valuable practical and strategic advice to the ACT Government to support the LGBTIQ community, improve the lives of people who identify as LGBTIQ and promote an inclusive Canberra.
Anne-Marie Delahunt (Chair)
Anne-Marie has been a member of the Council since 2014 and was appointed chair in 2016. During her time on Council, she has been working on Aged care issues, especially diversity training and the review of the Retirement Villages Act. Anne-Marie is a longterm member of Canberra Qwire, a founding member of Rainbow Refugee Action and of Lyneham Commons, a community food forest in Lyneham. She is also a member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and has advised Northside Community Services in their development of culturally safe services supporting LGBTIQ volunteers and elders. Anne-Marie is an accomplished former public servant with more than 20 years senior experience within the federal environment portfolio.
Scott migrated to Australia 11 years ago. He is an analyst in the public service and has worked in the health sector and the sports sector. Back in the 1990's he was on the board of a HIV and AIDS community support organisation in England. He works on the health themes subgroup of the Ministerial Advisory Council and has an interest in transgender and intersex health policy and data collection.
Suzanne is a feminist, lesbian and longtime activist on Domestic violence and sexual assault issues since the 1980’s. As a Vocational trainer creating employment pathways with access to quality training opportunities for all has been a priority. Other activities have included promoting Inclusion for LGBTIQ communities. Suzanne was a Finalist in 2017 for a the COTA Seniors Advocate Award for her work promoting Inclusion for older LGBTIQ community members.
Stephanie moved to Canberra in 2011 to study at the Australian National University. She recently graduated with an Arts/Law degree but just can’t seem to leave. She is a board member of Organisation Intersex International (Australia) and is committed to building a stronger local intersex community in Canberra.
Isabel is an active member of the ACT LGBTI community, having volunteered and worked for a variety of LGB and TI organisations over the last 4 years. She has a particular commitment to advancing the rights of transgender and intersex people. Isabel has worked and volunteered for A Gender Agenda since 2013 and has participated in a number of ANU Queer Department campaigns to ensure the security and wellbeing of transgender and intersex students and staff. She recently completed her honours thesis in Gender, Sexuality and Culture at ANU for which she received the 2016 ANU Gender Institute Prize for honours. In 2017, Isabel has taken a graduate position in the Australian Public Service where she has become involved with the Pride Network.
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, Lynne demonstrates an ongoing commitment to promote and support diversity. She has a Master of Arts Management and has produced and supported many LGBTIQ events and causes.
Through her work as a clinical psychologist, Tushara has experience in various settings including private and public mental health, tertiary settings and aged care. Tushara is interested in improving LGBTIQ Canberrans' access to health and mental health services across the lifespan and across the diverse needs of our communities. She has demonstrated this commitment by improving LGBTIQ inclusiveness within the organisations she has worked in, by providing training, education and supervision to clinicians working in the ACT and through her therapeutic work with individuals.
Victoria Firth-Smith is a facilitator, designer and researcher of experiences. She’s a Community Manager at the Australian National University, PhD candidate at Monash University and produces Queer projects in Canberra. She is on the board of YES!Fest, Canberra’s annual Marriage Equality Street Party, having previously been involved in SprinqOUT and Dunedin Pride. Victoria is also an active advocate for and consultant in social justice and community development.
Travis migrated from Taiwan to Australia in 2008 and completed his Master’s degree in IT (UNSW) while working at the Australia-Taiwan Business Council. He has been living with his partner for more than a decade and they are now raising their twin sons. Travis has been working for the ACT Government since 2013 and is well experienced in ICT Health area. He has particular interests in establishing support networks, holistic information hub for LGBTIQ community, and promoting marriage equality in other Asian countries.
Tate is a born and bred Canberran and current PhD Candidate. He is the current organiser and facilitator for TransMasc Canberra, a support network for the trans masculine community. He has a background and experience in representing the interests and concerns of the transgender community, with a particular interest in youth issues.
Chris has lived in the ACT since 1992, when we moved with her partner to take a Senior Executive role with the ACT government. Chris was Director of the ACT Bushfire Recovery Centre, which led the ACT Bushfire Recovery Task Force in the wake of the 2003 ACT fires. From the experience of working on the Task Force Chris developed a research interest in gender and disaster, she has a number of publications in this area of expertise. Chris is a long standing member of the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire and member of the LGBTIQ community in Canberra. Chris’s expertise has a primary focus on community engagement, and access to aged care services for the LGBTIQ community.
Kristine is a proud Malaysian-Chinese-Australian woman. She is a woman of colour, member of the LGBTIQ community, and a human rights legal professional with extensive experience in the not-for-profit, government and community sectors. Kristine currently sits as co-chair of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trades LGBTIQ Network, and has previously held positions in OutRight Action International (United Nations New York), LambdaMoz (Mozambique’s only lGBTI organisation), Minus18, and the Castan Centre at Monash University. Kristine is particularly focused on positive law reform to support LGBTIQ people, and representation of CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) people.
Ross is an Aboriginal and LGBTIQ Elder, with expertise and knowledge and experience in the issues that face the LGBTIQ community of the ACT. Ross was the first openly gay member elected to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB), and served as Chairperson for four years. Ross is an accomplished public servant having worked on the development and implementation of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement, and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Partnership. In his current role as a Senior Advisor Social Inclusion in the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS), Ross works to develop and implement key documents with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Disability, LGBTIQ, Women, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and the Ageing workforces. Ross has a particular interest in Aboriginal Health and Youth areas, and is a current Board Member on the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation.
ACT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Ministerial Advisory Council
C/- Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601