LGBTIQA+ community

The City of Stonnington is committed to promoting opportunities for engagement, support, advocacy and partnerships for our LGBTIQA+ community.

The City of Stonnington released its inaugural LGBTIQA+ Action Plan in May 2023. The plan is explicitly linked to the Stonnington Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 which was released in late 2021.

LGBTIQA+ Action Plan 2023-2026

The LGBTIQA+ Action Plan 2023-2026 identifies Council’s focus over the next three years for improving social and economic inclusion, and reducing barriers to participation for the LGBTIQA+ community in our city.

The Action Plan, and related activities, strive to raise the profile of the LGBTIQA+ community and promote opportunities for community engagement, support and advocacy to achieve true inclusion. 

Read the LGBTIQA+ Action Plan.

The LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee

The purpose of the group is to guide City of Stonnington’s continuing development as a culturally safe and inclusive organisation and local government free from discrimination based on sexuality, sex and gender.

The Committee will also provide feedback on the progress of the City of Stonnington’s recently released LGBTIQA+ Action Plan. 

The LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee (Committee) is formed of 12 members from the community who identify as LGBTIQA+, represent local organisation and networks that support Stonnington’s LGBTIQA+ community or represent Stonnington’s business community. The group is chaired by a Councillor.

What the Committee will do

The LGBTIQA+ Committee will use the lived experience, expertise and knowledge of Stonnington’s gender and sexuality diverse communities, Council staff, local organisations and networks of LGBTIQA+ identifying members to:

  • provide advice and feedback on relevant Council policies, plans, programs and services that impact or that may potentially impact LGBTIQA+ identifying people
  • identify systemic discrimination and provide advice to Council Officers to assist them to address these issues
  • provide LGBTIQA+ identifying people and allies with a forum to voice their concerns, needs, and ideas to Council
  • provide Council and other local community-based service providers with an effective channel of communication to reach LGBTIQA+ identifying communities
  • provide advice to Council in relation to effective communication, engagement and consultation with LGBTIQA+ identifying communities
  • strengthen awareness of LGBTIQA+ diversity as aspects of social diversity and understand issues and barriers to equality facing these communities.

Who can apply to be on the Committee?

LGBTIQA+ community members and representatives from local organisations and networks that support Stonnington’s LGBTIQA+ community are invited to apply.

You do not have to have experience to apply.

Where possible, the composition of membership will aim to reflect the diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community, including people from a different variety of life stages, cultural backgrounds, locations across the municipality, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and people with disability.

What is the selection process?

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a short interview via phone call or online with Council officers.

Members are appointed to the committee via endorsement at a Council meeting.

All applications will be notified of the outcome.

How often does the Committee meet?

The committee meets four times a year in February, May, August and November. Meetings are held after business hours. Meetings run for up to 90 minutes.

Where are meetings held?

Meetings are held online.

Where can I read more?

The Position Statement details the objectives of the committee and more about the role.

Expressions of interest welcome

How to apply:

  1. Read the Member Position Statement.(PDF, 60KB)
  2. Fill in the application form(PDF, 103KB) and email to Miranda (Social Planner) at

If you have any questions, call Miranda (Social Planner) on 0436 337 081.