New LGBTI Support Network to help support emergency services staff and volunteers

A new Emergency Services Support Network to help support police, fire, State Emergency Service and ambulance staff and volunteers who identify with LGBTI communities has been launched on Wear it Purple Day today.


Commissioner Darren Hine said that Tasmania’s emergency services were proud employers of people of all genders and sexual orientations.


“The network is part of our commitment to fostering inclusive workforces by encouraging employees to share common experiences and information, contribute to policy development which promotes greater inclusion and improve organisational awareness of LGBTI-specific issues,” he said.


“The network currently comprises 12 staff who have received specialist training to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide support to staff within all four emergency services who identify with LGBTI communities.”


Commissioner Hine said that the network provided a dedicated support framework to DPFEM and Ambulance staff and volunteers state-wide.


“As part of this, suitable LGBTI reference material and support is available to help those who need assistance,” he said.


A handbook which guides the work of the network has been prepared in consultation with all agencies, the University of Tasmania and Working it Out (an LGBTI support and education service).


“The initiative complements the work we’re already doing helping to support LGBTI communities with our trained LGBTI officers to provide advice and assistance,” Commissioner Hine said.


“Ultimately we aim to foster organisational cultures that are truly inclusive of all our diverse groups and the creation of the Emergency Services Support Network is an important part of this.”


LGBTI liaison officers can be contacted via the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

LGBTI people who experience bullying, discrimination or harassment can also report to Equal Opportunity Tasmania (the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) by telephone on 1300 305 062 or through the Equal Opportunity Tasmania website at