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LGBTIQ Support at Wayss

At Wayss, we embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion within our workforce and approach to service delivery.

We are responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from LGBTIQ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people living with a disability and people of all ages.

Wayss welcomes people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender diverse. 

Our services

Wayss Family Violence specialists can assist with:

  • Access to crisis accommodation
  • Information on future housing options
  • Information and support
  • Safety planning
  • Advocacy
  • Referral to services, including counselling, housing, material aid, health, legal, court support and LGBTIQ specialist services

If you are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless, Wayss can:

  • Provide housing information and advice
  • Refer you to accommodation vacancies and other services
  • Assist with applications for social housing and private rentals
  • Refer you to programs that could provide bond loans and material aid

What you can expect from our staff

Our staff have been trained in LGBTIQ inclusive practice, disclosure and privacy.

You can expect:

  • Respectful support
  • Voluntary discussion of gender identification, sexual orientation and pronouns at any point during your engagement with our service
  • To be provided with information or referral to LGBTIQ specialist services

Celebrating diversity

Each year Wayss recognises key events in the LGBTIQ calendar including:

  • Transgender Day of Visibility
  • Wear It Purple Day
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Our Partnerships and Networks

Wayss is a member of:

  • Pride in Health and Wellbeing
  • Rainbow Health Victoria Family Violence Community of Practice
  • Queer Family Violence Network

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Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.