The Census must reflect the diversity of our nation by properly including LGBTI Australians in the statistical data it collects and analyses. When the Census fails to do so, not only do LGBTI Australians lose out – but all Australians, who expect key policy decisions to be based on evidence, also lose out.
Reliable data means no Australians get left behind when planning our healthcare and social services programs. LGBTI Australians still have significant mental health and well-being disparities compared to other Australians. The best way to improve those outcomes is ensuring that our leaders consider the diversity of our community when creating policies that affect our lives.