The Department of Education (DoE) is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students and staff, including those who are same-sex attracted, gender diverse or intersex.
We believe quality education is based on the principles of respectful relationships, acceptance and inclusion of all students. The Department of Education’s Learners First Strategic Plan (PDF, 470KB) states that one of its core values is ‘Equity’ and how we all have the right to challenging and engaging learning opportunities in appropriate settings. These core values are further described in the Respectful Schools and Workplaces Strategic Framework. (PDF, 3.4MB)
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Strategic Issues in Education Working Group
The Department of Education convened the LGBTI Strategic Issues in Education Working Group in 2012. The role of the Working Group is to:
- Assist the DoE with specific tasks in relation to LGBTI issues in education as assigned by the Secretary.
- Recommend to the Secretary tasks relating to LGBTI issues in education which align with DoE policy and which will assist in providing safe and supportive learning environments for all students and staff.
- Provide advice when appropriate on national documents such as the Australian Curriculum and the National Safe Schools Framework.
The Working Group has developed the Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges (PDF, 390KB).
The Working Group has also contributed to the development of the Department’s Inclusive Language Guidelines (PDF, 390KB).
Support for LGBTI young people and Tasmania’s Combatting Bullying Initiative
The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing practical assistance to schools in supporting LGBTI students, and has developed a new, comprehensive bullying program, the Combatting Bullying Initiative (PDF, 960KB).
This initiative includes targeted resources and supports for particular groups of students, including LGBTI young people and young people from diverse backgrounds, so they feel safe and supported in their school communities.
Under the initiative, DoE will partner with community organisation Working It Out to provide assistance to schools, including targeted professional learning along with practical resources focussed on supporting LGBTI students and their families.
The Respectful Schools, Respectful Behaviour (PDF, 3.9MB) (staff only) resource also provides practical guidance and tools for schools and teachers to support positive interactions and inclusive school communities. This resource includes specific guidance on supporting LGBTI children and young people and their families.
Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) LGBTI Grants Program
DPAC administers a Grants Program providing $50,000 annually to assist community organisations and tertiary institutions to:
- Increase the number of Tasmanians who are accepting of diversity;
- Reduce the number of discrimination complaints lodged on grounds of sexual orientation; and
- Improve resilience and capacity in the LGBTI community.
There are a number of government and private organisations that provide information and services for LGBTI identified people including:
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
- Tasmania Police
- Tas Pride
- Working it Out
School Information Brochures – Support Areas
Brochures have been developed in hard copy and online formats for parent and community member information.