ACON was established in 1985 as the AIDS Council of New South Wales (NSW) and works to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV.
ACON has facilities accessible for LGBTIQ people and while their head office is in Sydney, they have regional offices that may be able to provide access to ACON programs and local information.
Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby
The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) advocates on behalf of the lesbians and gay men. They provide referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community.
The Gender Centre
The Gender Centre is an organisation that develops and provides services and activities to enhance the ability of transgender and gender diverse people to make informed choices. The Centre also assists in educating families, friends, the public and other service providers about the needs of transgender and gender diverse people.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.
The services can be accessed through headspace centres or through their online counselling service eheadspace.
Intersex Human Rights Australia
Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly known as OII Australia) is a national organisation by and for people born with variations of sex characteristics. The organisation promotes human rights, health and bodily autonomy. Their goals are to help create a society where intersex bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.
Minus 18 is a Victorian youth led organisation that aims to lead change, build social inclusion, and advocate for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them. Minus 18 does this through education, youth advocacy and creating social inclusion activities where LGBTQIA+ young people belong and are celebrated.
National LGBTI Health Alliance
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities. It aims to provide a national focus to improve health outcomes for LGBTI people through policy, advocacy, representation, research evidence, and capacity building and has a range of resources and information available on its website.
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. The project provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
QLife counselling services include phone counselling (1800 184 527) and web chat services which are available 3pm – midnight, 7 days a week.
Student Wellbeing Hub
The Hub provides school communities, teachers, school leaders, students, parents and specialist professionals with a range of resources to build safe, inclusive and connected school communities that promote wellbeing and learning.
Some Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) resources area available on the hub.
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS
Twenty 10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW is a community based, non-profit state-wide organisation that works with and supports people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities. The organisation aims to create and nurture spaces where people feel and are safe, emotionally and physically. It provides a wide range of support services across New South Wales for people of all ages, including specialised services for young people.
Twenty10 can help young people who are under the age of 26 and identify as gay, lesbian bisexual, queer or transgender or are same-sex attracted, gender diverse or intersex access the support they may need. Support may be in the areas of case-management, counselling, drop-in service, accommodation, groups, information and referrals as well as rural support.
Wear It Purple
Wear It Purple is a youth-led organisation that supports sexuality and gender diverse (i.e. “rainbow”) young people to be proud of who they are. The organisation believes that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love and believes no one should be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation: whoever you are.
The organisation also co-ordinates Wear It Purple Day- schools and workplaces can register their support and host an event to show their support of rainbow youth.