We’re here to help LGBTI people who have experienced homophobic and transphobic violence by providing a range of support services.
If it’s an emergency always call Triple Zero (000). If it’s not urgent, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. You can also make an anonymous call without giving your name by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Domestic Violence Liaison officers (DVLOs) have special training in working with people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. Most police stations have a DVLO. For more information click here.
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) are specially trained to address LGBTI issues. For more information on GLLOs, click here.
If you’re not happy with the service you have received from the police, the NSW Police Force has an internal complaints process. For more information please visit: the NSW Police website.
We can help you report an incident to police. For more information, please contact your nearest ACON office.
Our Safe Place Program allows participating businesses to demonstrate that they’re welcoming, supportive and actively engaged with LGBTI communities.
Safe Place has grown and changed in the almost two decades it has been operating and we’ve decided it’s time to undertake a review and refresh of this fantastic project. To help us to do this most effectively we’ll be limiting applications to LGBTI organisation and businesses such as Cafés, Retail and other shops. If you fall into these categories please go ahead and fill out the Safe Place Application & checklist and we’ll get right back to you!
If you are a Service Provider (Community, Legal, Youth, Refuge, Women’s or Medical Services), Local Council Service (Library, Gallery, Museum, Community Centre), Tertiary Education Institution (Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education, University Support Services), Hotel/Pub/Club or you are unsure which category you fit into please email us and we will contact you to discuss your application.
All Safe Places receive a Charter that outlines the principles that underpin the program and form the basis of the application process each Safe Place candidate completes.
For more information, please contact your nearest ACON office.
Safe Place Online Map
Find a Safe Place near you:
Fair Play is an LGBTIQ community initiative to help party-goers understand their legal rights and how to keep safe during the Mardi Gras Festival. It’s a partnership project by the Inner City Legal Centre, Mardi Gras and ACON to provide accurate legal resources and education to the LGBTIQ community.
Fair Play is committed to respecting human rights through the principles of harm reduction and is interested in your safety, along with providing you with as much information as possible.
The Fair Players are a team of specially trained volunteers who are on site at key Mardi Gras events to share legal and safety information, monitor the operations of police and provide support to people who have been searched or questioned by police.
For more information about Fair Play, please visit www.fair-play.org.au
To sign up and volunteer as a Fair Player, you can visit www.fair-play.org.au/volunteer/
We provide confidential fee-based short term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTI people seeking support in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. Volunteer counsellors use a solutions focussed model and a range of therapeutic approaches to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges.
Fees for this service are negotiated according to individual circumstances, and priority is given to people on low incomes or with limited options.
Appointments are available between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Unfortunately this service is not suitable for:
- People assessed to have recent or current risk of suicide
- People who use violence
- People with unmanaged or unsupported mental illness or substance use
To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.
Community Legal Centres (CLC) provide free legal advice, referrals and some representation to people who live and work in their area.
Community Legal Centres NSW: (02) 9212 7333
Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) provides a state-wide specialist free legal advice service for anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ throughout NSW.
(02) 9332 1966
We’re here to help make the places where our community members live, work, study and play more inclusive of LGBTI people and people with HIV.
Through our support services, training programs and strategic partnerships, we work with a range of organisations and agencies to help ensure that LGBTI people and people with HIV feel included and supported.
ACON proudly celebrates and supports sexuality and gender diversity.
The LGBTIQ Diversity Days Calendar is all about celebrating and remembering LGBTIQ days of significance and we invite you to join the party!
You can join the party by downloading a free Electronic Promotional Kit for each Diversity Day which contains pre-designed material for you to post or print.
Celebrating diversity contributes to the creation of inclusive and safe communities.
Click on a day below to visit the website or download an electronic promotional kit.
ACON acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of this land and pays respect to Elders past, present and future. In partnership with community, ACON recognises a number of significant days that allow us to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements as well as recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Want to get a reminder of upcoming Diversity Days? Sign up here.
Pride In Diversity
Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of LGBTI employees.
As a member-based program, Pride in Diversity works closely with HR, diversity professionals and LGBTI Network Leaders in all aspects of LGBTI inclusion within all sectors of the Australian workforce.
No matter your starting point, we work with your team to understand the importance of LGBTI inclusion and to map out a strategy that will enable you to successfully work towards best practice.
Australian Workplace Equality Index
The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is the definitive national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees.
The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.
The AWEI is a free offering and organisations do not need to be a member of Pride in Diversity to participate.
Pride In Practice Conference
Pride In Practice is the only national conference dedicated to LGBTI workplace inclusion. Run over three days, it incorporates various streams of LGBTI workplace awareness and inclusivity.
Hear from industry experts on best practice and gain insight into the award winning initiatives of the Top 20 Employers and network with industry peers.
We’re a key partner of Safe Schools Australia which aims to make schools in NSW more supportive of LGBTI students.
Through our Pride In Diversity program, we help universities make their campuses more responsive to the needs of LGBTI students.
We provide a range of training courses to help health care and aged care service providers make their services more responsive to the needs of LGBTI clients.
LGBTI Aged Care Training
This is a funded program of one day workshops on LGBTI inclusive service delivery in the workplace for aged care sector workers and organisations providing aged care services.
This program is delivered nationally through a variety of organisations across the country at no cost from February 2014 to April 2016 inclusive. To register click here
We also offer tailored training solutions, for more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Pride In Sport program helps sporting organisations better support their LGBTI players, staff, spectators and supporters.
Pride in Sport provides members with a range of services to help them develop and implement effective LGBTI inclusion practices.
To find out more, please visit the Pride In Sport website.
We’re also a key supporter of the Anti-Homophobia Framework for Australian Sporting Codes.
The following is an excerpt from the World Health Organisation’s FAQ on Health and Sexual Diversity: An Introduction to Key Concepts.
What do the terms sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sexual health, sexual behaviour, and sexuality mean?
Sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical,romantic, and/or emotional attraction towards other people.Sexual orientation is distinct from gender identity. Sexual orientation is comprised of three elements: sexual attraction, sexual behaviour, and sexual identity. Sexual orientation is most often defined in terms of heterosexuality to identify those who are attracted to individuals of a different sex from themselves, and homosexuality to identify those who are attracted to individuals of the same sex from themselves.
Gender identity is understood to refer to each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance or function by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including dress, speech, and mannerisms. Gender identity exists on a spectrum. This means that an individual’s gender identity is not necessarily confined to an identity that is completely male or completely female. When an individual’s gender identity differs from their assigned sex, they are commonly considered to be transgender, gender fluid, and/or gender queer. Whereas when an individual’s gender identity aligns with their assigned sex, they are commonly considered cisgender.
Gender expression refers to the way in which an individual outwardly presents their gender. These expressions of gender are typically through the way one chooses to dress, speak, or generally conduct themselves socially. Our perceptions of gender typically align with the socially constructed binary of masculine and feminine forms of expression. The way an individual expresses their gender is not always indicative of their gender identity.
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Sexual behaviour is used to describe the way in which an individual sexually engages with others. Sexual behaviour is not always determined by an individual’s sexual orientation. For instance, an individual can be identified as MSM (men who have sex with men)regardless of whether or not they have sex with women or have a personal or social gay or bisexual identity. This concept is useful because it also includes men who self-identify as heterosexual but have sex with other men and would not otherwise be reached through public health interventions. The term MSM is also useful in identifying male sex workers whose clients include other men.
Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life [that] encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. Sexuality is influenced by the intersection of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, legal, historical,religious, and spiritual factors.