We create welcoming and inclusive environments for all our people and those that we serve. But what does that really mean? How does Uniting ensure it is inclusive?
We’re passionate about helping people lead happy, healthy lives. As an organisation, we celebrate diversity and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, intersex variation or gender identity.
Our organisational strategy includes our commitment to celebrating the LGBTI community. Our strategy is to evolve our advocacy, inclusivity and safe environments for members of LGBTI communities, their families and friends.
Our LGBTI strategy is to be leaders of inclusive practices so that members of the LGBTI communities, their friends and families, feel welcome and safe. This means we welcome all people including those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Diverse and those with an Intersex variation – or however you identify.
Our credibility and partnerships
We are a longstanding member of Pride in Diversity and a foundation member of Pride in Health and Wellbeing.
Each year we take part in the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI) benchmarking exercise run by Pride in Diversity. This has consistently recognised Uniting as one of Australia’s top LGBTI employers.
We also advocate on many local, state and federal committees such as:
- The Department of Ageing Diversity Committee
- The inner Western LGBTI Forum
- The LGBTI Domestic Violence Interagency
- The Central Coast Rainbow Networks group
- The Northern Rivers LGBTI Alliance.
Uniting was the first faith-based aged care organisation in Australia to be officially recognised as LGBTI friendly and we received Rainbow Tick Accreditation in 2015.
In 2018 Uniting was reaccredited for the Rainbow Tick for over 240 services.
Accredited services are:
- Residential aged care
- Home and community care
- Retirement villages
- Local area coordination of disability services
At Uniting we do not require you to disclose as a member of the LGBTI community, however our staff receive training not only on LGBTI Inclusion and Celebrating Diversity but also on Disclosure and Privacy. So we hope you feel welcome to disclose if you want to.
Staff and volunteers
We welcome staff and volunteers from the LGBTI community and actively seek LGBTI participation in our workforce though advertising on LGBTI specific job sites.
We have downloadable information available for anyone from the LGBTI community thinking of working with us.
Celebrating with the LGBTI community
Each year Uniting participates in a variety of LGBTI related community events across NSW and the ACT. These have included:
- The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival
- Fruitopia Festival
- ACT Spring Out Fair Day
- Broken Heel Festival
- Pokolbin Pride
- Parramatta Pride.
And recognise significant events in the LGBTI calendar such as:
- Transgender Day of Visibility
- Lesbian Visibility Day
- International Day International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) Day
- International Non-binary Pride Day
- Wear It Purple Day
- Bi-Visibility Day
- Intersex Awareness Day
- International Lesbian Day
- Intersex Solidarity Day
- Transgender Remembrance Day
- World Aids Day.
We have several mechanisms for community consultation
- LGBTI staff Working party – made up of community members and allies
- LGBTI Consumer And Carer Advisory group – made up on service users who identify as part of the community or are carers for someone from the LGBTI community
- Industry networks such as ACON, PID, the Gender Centre, Intersex Human rights Australia, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, etc.
Give us feedback
We value the feedback on how we can improve our LGBTI inclusion. To provide us with feedback or suggestions please email us.
Get in touch
For LGBTI related questions or queries or a confidential chat please contact our LGBTI Project Officer:
M: 0427 782 697
or, our LGBTI Specific HR Business Partner:
P: (02) 92759314
For more general enquiries e-mail our customer service team.