Join the LGBTIQA+ Service User Reference Group

The Canberra Inclusive Partnership is now calling for applications from community members to join the LGBTIQA+ Service User Reference Group

The Canberra Inclusive Partnership (the Partnership) is seeking people with lived experience as a member of Canberra’s LGBTIQ+ communities to join its Service User Reference Group (the Reference Group). As part of the Partnership’s commitment to inclusion, we partner with and learn from the unique insights of people with lived experience and recognise the value they bring to improving our work. We recognise that it is not just the work we do but the way in which we do it that contributes to a person’s meaningful experience of inclusion.  

 About the Service User Reference Group

The Reference Group will provide advice and input to the Partnership and its member agencies on the provision of services as part of the ACT Government’s Supporting and Strengthening LGBTIQ+ Communities program.

The Reference Group will comprise up to ten members. We are seeking general members as well as a Co-chair. Members are expected to commit to a two-year term. The main areas of responsibility for the Reference Group are:

  • Developing, carrying out and tracking progress towards an annual Service User Reference Group work plan
  • Participating in and providing ideas and opinions into the Canberra Inclusive Partnership activities, including the Strategic Plan and Team Plans for partner agencies as required
  • Participating in training and induction activities with partner agency staff
  • Participating in advocacy activities, including presentations to government and community groups
  • Support the development and implementation of feedback channels between the Reference Group and Partnership agencies.
  • Identify issues and areas of concern that the Reference Group wishes the Partnership to address, including service delivery and advocacy including internally, and as part of the broader experiences of LGBTIQ+ communities.

Support, including reasonable adjustments and access to an Employee Assistance Program, will be provided to members of the Reference Group by the AIDS Action Council. Members will receive an honorarium for their participation. Frequency of meetings will be determined in consultation with members, however, it is anticipated the Reference Group will meet at least quarterly for up to three hours. Reference Group members may be requested to engage in additional activities to advance the work of the Partnership and the Reference Group from time to time.

 Who should apply

Any person with lived experience as a member of Canberra’s LGBTIQ+ communities who is interested in contributing to the development and continual improvement of services for LGBTIQ+ people is encouraged to apply. We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as one or more of the following: LGBTIQ+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; LGBTIQ+ families; bisexual; lesbian; gay; asexual; transgender; intersex; non-binary; gender diverse; LGBTIQ+ people with HIV; LGBTIQ+ people who use alcohol and other drugs; LGBTIQ+ people experiencing or at risk of homelessness; LGBTIQ+ people with experience living in regional or rural areas.

How to apply

It is important that you read the Service User Reference Group Terms of Reference and understand the purpose of the Reference Group, the role and responsibilities of members, the commitment required and consider any support requirements you may have, before applying.

Your application can be provided in writing, video recording or via pre-arranged telephone interview. Applications must address the following:

  • As an LGBTIQ+ service user, what is important to you and why
  • Why you would like to be a member of the Reference Group
  • What value you can add as a member of the Reference Group, this may include your lived experience, cultural or family background, education, job roles, volunteer activities or areas of interest
  • Your anticipated availability for meetings, and any specific requirements for accessibility.
 Further information

The Service User Reference Group Terms of Reference can be found here, or by contacting Joshua Anlezark at the AIDS Action Council on 6257 2855 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The initial round of applications close on Friday 28 February 2020.

 About the Canberra Inclusive Partnership

The Partnership is made up of community organisations committed to building a more inclusive Canberra for LGBTIQ+ people, their families and allies. The AIDS Action Council is the lead agency for the partnership with A Gender Agenda, Northside Community Service and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.

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