Darebin Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee

Advising Council on issues and barriers to equality affecting people in the City of Darebin who identify as LGBTIQ+.

Purpose

The purpose of this Committee is to provide advice and recommendations (where appropriate) to Council in relation to:

  • Issues and barriers to equality affecting people in the City of Darebin who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex and/or queer (LGBTIQ) and their families.

  • Promoting and advocating for equality and social inclusion of LGBTIQ communities within the wider context of the Darebin community.

  • Raising awareness and promote understanding of diverse sexualities, genders and sex characteristics as facets of diversity in the broader Darebin community.

The Committee shall have regard to and act in accordance with Council’s strategic objectives and priorities. Specifically, the Committee will have regard to the following strategies, plans, frameworks, policies and plans:

  • Community Vision

  • Council Plan 2021-2025

  • Towards Equality: Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Framework 2019-2029

  • Statement of Commitment to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Following Council strategies, frameworks, plans and policies are relevant to this Committee:

  • Darebin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan 2017-2021

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2027

  • Gender Equity and Preventing Violence Against Women Action Plan 2019-2023

  • Darebin Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Action Plan 2022- onwards (yet to be developed)

Terms of reference

Council at its meeting held on 25 October 2021 adopted the terms of reference of this Committee.

Darebin Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee Terms of Reference - endorsed October 2021

Composition and membership

This Committee comprises of Councillor(s) appointed by Council annually and a Council Officer nominated by the Chief Executive Officer (both non-voting) and any other persons, and representatives of organisations as determined by resolution of Council and as specified in Appendix A of terms of reference.

Specified members of Committees (excluding Councillors) shall be appointed to this Committee. Maximum number of community committee members can be 12 (excluding Councillor and Council Officers).

Membership will comprise of:

  • A minimum of two representatives from community-based organisations that support LGBTIQ communities on a range of issues

  • A maximum of ten community members representing the diversity within LGBTIQ communities and the Darebin community.

All appointments will be for an initial period of 2 years with the option for a further maximum period through to the 30 June in the year following each General Election upon re- application.

A Councillor shall be the Chairperson of the Committee.

Presently, Committee comprises of the following Councillors/members:

Nominated Councillors

Cr. Susanne Newton (Chair)
Cr. Susan Rennie (Proxy)

Members

This Committee comprises of the following members:

Erika Kerley, Kirsty Betts, Adele Moleta, Billy Ling, Kim Northmore, Teigan Raine, Elizabeth Shield, Karthik Vijayanandam, Darcy Russell-Watson, Travers Eira, Liam Dooley

Meetings

Meetings of this committee will be held quarterly unless determined by the Committee Chair and Council Officer in order to allow for the timely consideration and provision of advice to Council on particular, time-sensitive matters from time to time.

Committees may, with the approval of the relevant General Manager, meet more frequently on a limited and specific basis (if required).

The meetings will be closed to the public.

More information

Human Rights Officer
Phone: 03 8470 8446
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au