Carers Queensland first NFP to gain Rainbow Tick accreditation in Queensland
Carers Queensland is the first not for profit organisation to be accredited with the Rainbow Tick in Queensland, joining a growing number of businesses in Australia offering a welcoming and safe workplace for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).
At the same time, this State-based not-for profit service provider has received the Quality Improvement Council (QIC) Health and Community Services Standards accreditation, both awarded by Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP).
The QIC Health and Community Services Standards recognises Carers Queensland’s commitment to demonstrating ongoing quality improvement.
The Rainbow Tick Standards recognise its commitment to safe and inclusive service delivery for LGBTI people in our community.
Carers Queensland started its journey towards accreditation in January 2017 and earlier this year undertook a four-day audit across five of its service locations being Camp Hill, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane North and the Sunshine Coast.
Jim Toohey, President of Carers Queensland said he was really proud of this achievement which recognises the organisation’s commitment to equality by creating an inclusive society.
“These accreditations are fundamental to being recognised as a trusted provider of quality services and employer of choice.”
“We care about equality and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have on Carers Queensland as we continue to deliver high quality services to more people in the community,” Mr. Toohey said.
Carers Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer, Debra Cottrell said the organisation knows from its own research that LGBTI people continue to fear a poor experience or discrimination when engaging with service providers.
“Carers Queensland recognises that being a LGBTI inclusive organisation is about the whole organisational culture – from governance to service delivery. It is about affirming and actively trying to support LGBTI people rather than just passively trying not to discriminate,” Ms. Cottrell said.
“We all have the right to feel and be safe in the workplace or office. Staff and volunteers should be able to bring their whole selves to work and clients and potential clients have the
right to be valued, respected and have their sexual orientation, gender identity and relationships affirmed,” she added.
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