R U OK? - 2017

Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on...

Military Pride Ball - Be yourself - Be proud - Belong

Ticket sales are closing very soon for the Military Pride Ball - the gathering where you can be proud of who you are, as we recognise diversity which forms the rich tapestry enhancing capability in Defence. This year the Human Right...

No trade-offs in conditions of service in new remuneration arrangement

A new workplace remuneration arrangement for Australian Defence Force members that contains a six percent salary increase over three years is being prepared to be implemented when the current arrangement expires on 1 November this year.Director Military Remuneration, Group Captain...

Happy Fathers Day - A video message from deployed personnel

From the team at DEFGLIS, we send our love and wishes all fathers deployed and who at home. Have a Happy Fathers Day! The video below was put together by Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas this Fathers Day. We thank...

Improved support for current and former Australian Defence Force Personnel in need

A new website aims to improve support for wounded, injured and ill current and former Australian Defence Force personnel, their families and those who assist with their care.Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan launched the ‘Engage, Supporting Those Who Serve’...

Defence to launch new strategy for mental health and wellbeing

A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Australian Defence Force personnel is due for release in October this year. Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart is Commander of Joint Health and said that it was important that people seek help as early...

Supporting LGBTI personnel and families - Strengthening capability through inclusion - Educating the workforce about diversity



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The Basics

  • Sexual Orientation describes the physical, emotional or romantic attraction that a person feels for others. Feelings of attraction are the result of involuntary chemical responses in the brain that are beyond the control of an individual. Sexual orientation is most often defined in terms of the sex or sexes that a person is attracted to.
  • Gender Identity describes how a person internally perceives their gender, or a person’s sense of gender that formed as they mature. Gender identity can be congruent or incongruent with a person’s biological sex.
  • Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. Biological Sex is usually assigned at birth based on a person’s biological and anatomical attributes. A person’s sex is normally determined based on their anatomy, genitalia, chromosomes and/or hormonal balance.
Information for families and partners of LGBTI service personnel
Information for veterans and veteran's partners
Information for supervisors and managers
"I am proud of the contributions that LGBTI people make to Defence and I am proud to be in an organisation that has a senior leadership so committed to inclusion and diversity."

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN - Vice Chief of the Defence Force