Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Community

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The AFP has a strong commitment to increasing the representation of people from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community (GLBTI). The AFP's policies and guidelines actively seek inclusion from GLBTI employees by articulating organisational expectations of respect for all people.

The AFP was a leading force in the creation of a national Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO) network to help support individuals and managers within the organisation as well as members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) community it polices – with a particular focus on the GLBTI community of the ACT where the AFP performs a community policing role.

Additionally the AFP also mentors other police forces in the engagement and creation of their GLLO networks.

Members of the AFP GLLO network have undertaken specific training programs to support their GLLO role. The program includes information sessions and modules which allow members of GLBTI community to participate and discuss contemporary issues, and develop strategies to support policing efforts for a safer community.

The AFP has also developed a 'Sexuality and Diversity' awareness training package to provide staff with a greater understanding of issues affecting the GLBTI community.

The AFP has been recognised as a leader in this field by the award of the Best Public Sector Organisation in the 2011 Pride in Diversity, Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards and in the Top Ten of all organisations in 2012 for our support of the GLBTI workforce.

Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers:

The Australian Federal Police commitment to provide additional support for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community was enhanced following recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission (1995) and the Australia and New Zealand Equal Employment Opportunity in Policing Conference (1996).

Pilot

In 1996 the AFP commenced a 3 month Gay and Lesbian Contact Officer (GALCO) pilot scheme operating out of ACT City Police Station. The team consisted of one male and one female officer and the success of this pilot with the community paved the way for further development of the network within the AFP.

Name change

In 1997 the AFP aligned with other police jurisdictions and changed the network name to Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLO's). Over the years the network has grown in strength and developed structure and protocols that support individuals and managers within the organisation and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community within the Community Policing arena.

Training

The AFP GLLO network now has over 127 registered members which have undertaken a specific training program to support their GLLO role. The initial two day training workshop commenced in 1998 and was delivered by members of the NSW Police Service. The GLLO network and members of the Learning and Development team have developed an AFP specific program that is delivered over three days. The program includes information sessions and modules which allow members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community to participate and discuss contemporary issues and develop strategies to support policing efforts for a safer community.

The AFP has also developed a "Sexuality and Diversity" package to provide awareness training on gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex issues for personnel wanting to gain knowledge and further understanding of these issues. The first of these open forums was facilitated in September in conjunction with the GLLO training workshop and included members from the AFP, APS and the GLBTI community.

GLLO role

GLLO Network members participate in a range of activities that contribute to the organisation's commitment to foster a diverse workforce who can deliver an effective service to the Australian community.

The Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officer role has evolved with a shared focus on

  • assisting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Australian community;
  • supporting people in the organisation who may have Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex concerns or issues and
  • providing advice to managers when dealing with sensitive sexual diversity issues.

Network activities

Network representatives along with other AFP personnel participate in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade and Pride March Victoria providing an opportunity to showcase the AFP as well as demonstrating AFP organisational commitment to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and wider communities.

The network also invites a member of the senior executive to provide leadership and patronage to the GLLO network and to provide a voice on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues at the management table.

The AFP acknowledges the practical assistance the network provides to the organisation, particularly in the operational arena. For example, the network provides a consultancy service on committees and working parties that develop policies and protocols that may impact on the GLBTI community – such as search procedures for transgender persons.

The network has always established and nurtured strong community ties since the conception and consequently has achieved significant outcomes. One such organisation is the Canberra AIDS Action Council who have been working in partnership with the AFP for a number of years. In 2000, the AIDS Action Council began educating AFP new members on HIV/AIDS and sexual diversity and Council members participate in the GLLO training programs.

In recognition of this strong partnership, the AIDS Action Council at their 2003 AGM in October presented the AFP GLLOs the 2003 community award in acknowledgement of their assistance in advancing HIV/AIDS issues in the community and in 2004 the President's Award in recognition and appreciation for its ongoing commitment to promoting safe sex, community education and support to the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and the people living with HIV/AIDS.

Contacts

Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers Network Facilitator, Worklife Diversity
PO Box 401
Canberra City ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6256 7777