Release of the results of the 2015 -16 Rainbow Survey

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion  (SA)August 25, 2017

Today Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has released the results of the 2015-16 Rainbow Survey. The Rainbow Survey is the South Australian government’s general survey of the lives, opinions and experiences of LGBTIQ South Australians. The 2015-16 survey is the second Rainbow Survey, providing further insight and updated information on our LGBTIQ communities and the issues that are important to them. The survey recorded responses to 50 questions that examined demographics, health/wellbeing and transgender health, experiences of discrimination and abuse, police services and accessing services.

Results fill crucial gaps in public knowledge about LGBTIQ communities created by their ‘invisibility’ in the ABS Census and bring the lives of LGBTIQ people to greater prominence.

Key findings include:

  • South Australia’s LGBTIQ community is complex and diverse
  • most respondents are positive about their lives and health in general
  • transgender people experience dissatisfaction with health services
  • LGBTIQ people mask their identities in a range of public places to avoid discrimination
  • few respondents seek recourse to incidents of abuse
  • identifying perceived barriers to accessing services in the community

To download a copy of the survey follow this link.

An atlas of six South Australian communities: Mapping the influences on community wellbeing

DSCI & SA Health, 2016

An atlas of six South Australian communities: Mapping the influences on community wellbeing was produced for the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) and the Department for Health and Ageing (SA Health).

Over the last three decades, numerous reports and studies have highlighted substantial variations in the wellbeing across the South Australian population, and the gaps between those who are doing well, and those who are not. These differences, or ‘inequalities’, are readily apparent across Adelaide, and our rural and remote communities, as they are in other areas of Australia.

This atlas describes the extent and significance of inequalities in individual and community wellbeing, particularly those associated with wider social and economic influences; and points to areas where the impacts of disadvantage across the lifespan, and, in many cases across generations, need to be addressed.

The atlas includes a number of communities in Adelaide and rural and remote parts of the State, identified by these Departments (DCIS and SA Health):

  • Playford and Salisbury in the outer north,
  • Onkaparinga, in the outer south;
  • Those in Regional South Australia are the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Community, Ceduna and Peterborough.

The information, presented as a series of indicators, highlights these inequalities and draws attention to the influence of social, economic and environmental factors on health and wellbeing. The ensuing picture is one of significant differences in outcomes in these communities, compared with similarly located areas.

Download atlas (PDF) here

Free LGBTIQ advocacy workshop

Human Rights Law Centre, SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, SHine SA

Do you want to help turn promises of LGBTIQ reform into a reality?

Are you keen to have your voice heard in the campaign for marriage equality?

Are you up for changing hearts and minds?

Making Change Happen will inspire you to do just that. Hear from renowned rights advocate Anna Brown, along with other expert presenters for a panel discussion, and attend your choice of practical skills workshops.

Presenters include:

  • Niki Vincent, SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Anna Brown, Human Rights Law Centre
  • Dae Levine, Stakeholder Director, Australians for Equality
  • Sam Parton, Consultant in OaaS -Telstra Business

Special Guest Chair: Peter Goers, Evening Show, 891 ABC Adelaide

Saturday 29 October 2016 time 10am – 12pm

At 54 Hyde St, Adelaide

Register via email: makechangehappensa@gmail.com

Hosted by the Making Change Happen Working Group in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre.

Download flyer (PDF) here makingchangehappen_flyer