Nominations open for the Victorian Public Sector Pride Awards

Recognise someone driving meaningful change for LGBTIQ+ inclusion. Nominations close 30 June 2022

If you know someone who has made a significant contribution to creating a more inclusive public sector, this is the time to submit a nomination for the annual Victorian Public Sector Pride Awards.

The awards recognise lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ+) inclusion in Victorian government workplaces and the community.

The awards are a chance for friends, colleagues and allies to celebrate the successes and efforts of individuals and groups who have been driving meaningful change for LGBTIQ+ communities across the public sector.

Watch the launch video of the 2022 awards by the Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities, Todd Fernando.

Nominations close Thursday 30 June 2022.

Award categories

  • Workplace pride initiative of the year
  • Community pride initiative of the year
  • Regional pride initiative of the year
  • Trans, gender diverse and non-binary initiative of the year
  • Intersex initiative of the year
  • Pride network of the year
  • Executive champion of the year (open to all executive class or equivalent, including principal class employees)
  • Rainbow cardigan award – celebrating an employee who has dedicated time and effort to support LGBTIQ+ people in Victoria.


Awards are open to all Victorian Public Sector staff, including teachers.

Submit a nomination

You can nominate either yourself or another member of the Victorian Public Sector for work done in your workplace, or for any other activity by a Victorian government agency.

Read nomination tips at Submitting a successful VPS LGBTIQ+ Pride Award nomination, then nominate at VPS pride network award nominations.

Case study: Bendigo Senior Secondary College – Allies

Bendigo Senior Secondary College won the 2019 Workplace pride initiative of the year award, after adding a goal to its strategic plan about improving its culture of inclusivity.

The college implemented an 'ally model' after consulting with students, parents, school staff, local LGBTIQ+ communities, Safe Schools, and many schools and universities nationwide.

More than 80 staff have completed ally training and promoted their standing as allies by putting stickers on their office doors or referring to their ally status in their email signature blocks.

The college continues to train more staff in being an ally, using a model created with the Safe Schools team.

Students have said the college's inclusive environment helps them to see it as a safe space. Its reputation for inclusiveness has made the college a school of choice for LGBTIQ+ students.

Watch the video where Bendigo Secondary College share their program.

Read more information about this case study at Submitting a successful VPS LGBTIQ+ Pride Award nomination.

Find out more

For more information, refer to:

For further enquiries, contact the VPS Pride Network by email:

Education sector Pride Award recipients at the 2019 VPS Pride Awards