Ensuring we engage effectively with the LGBTIQ community is critical to our work. The purpose of these community engagement activities is to connect with LGBTIQ people, their families and friends.
By doing so we aim to:
- provide effective opportunities to engage with the work of the Inquiry and provide information; and
- increase awareness of the Inquiry to potentially provide a greater sense of closure for the community when we have completed our work
Principles and goals
Our community engagement:
- is trauma informed and recognises that members of the LGBTIQ community may be retraumatised as a result of reliving experiences relating to the work of the Inquiry
- builds avenues of trust between the Inquiry and the community so that those with relevant information are more comfortable sharing that information with the Inquiry
- methods are inclusive and recognise the particularly needs of different members of the LGBTIQ community, such as older LGBTIQ people
- activities are mutually respectful, open and honest, and where possible supported by peer-to-peer engagement
- is ongoing while the Inquiry is completing its work and includes appropriate engagement at the conclusion of the Inquiry.
Effective community engagement requires a nuanced, trauma-informed approach that includes regular contact through different stages of the work of the Inquiry. It may also include specific contact to let community members know when and what hearings will be taking place.
If your organisation would like to be involved, please contact us.