LGBTI Taskforce Supports A More Inclusive Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to create a more inclusive Victoria by appointing new members to the Victorian LGBTI Taskforce.

Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced two new appointments to the taskforce – bringing the total number of LGBTI experts and advocates to six.

Associate Professor Gregory Phillips is a leading Aboriginal health expert with experience in advocating for the queer indigenous community.

Aram Hosie is a renowned LGBTI advocate with expertise in transgender rights, community health and drug reform.

Leading trans and gender-diverse activist Brenda Appleton will return to co-chair the group with Minister Foley – alongside the reappointment of existing members Anna Brown, Jamie Gardiner and Ruth McNair.

Established in 2015, the Victorian LGBTI Taskforce plays a critical role working with the Labor Government on LGBTI issues and supports equality through legislative reform, new policies and programs.

The Minister also announced the two new working group committees in Justice and Health and Human Services, who will work collaboratively with the LGBTI taskforce to deliver the Government’s equality agenda. For more information visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Equality Martin Foley

“We made a promise to the LGBTI community that their interests would be protected – and that’s exactly what this taskforce is doing.”

“This diverse group of experts and advocates will ensure that Victoria remains the equality state.”

Quote attributable to Co-chair Justice Working Group Harriet Shing

“I’m proud of our efforts to advocate for legislative reform and policy to drive equality and fight discrimination against LGBTI Victorians.”

Quote attributable to Co-chair Health and Human Services Working Group Gabrielle Williams

“I am honoured to co-chair the LGBTI Health and Human Services Working Group – making sure all LGBTI Victorians have access to safe, inclusive health and social services.”