Join South East Water for this industry collaborative online event

Join in online to hear from special guest speaker Ben Brown. Ben is a Senior Relationship Manager at ACON’s Pride in Diversity and is passionate about delivering inclusive workplace support and strategic initiatives that push the boundaries to create impactful change.

IDAHOBIT‘s official acknowledgement day is May 17; a day for our communities to go rainbow and stand up against discrimination. Whether you’re part of the LGBTIQA+ community or you’re an ally. All Victorian water organisations and IWN member organisations are invited.

Event Details
16 May 2024
10am – 11am
Online via Teams
Ben Brown

Ben is the Senior Relationship Manager at ACON’s Pride in Diversity and will share key insights from the Australian Workplace Equality Index 2024 results, to help create awareness of ongoing barriers and how to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.

After hearing from Ben, we are proud to be launching an industry wide video – where we’ve asked people in the water industry to reflect on the IDAHOBIT Day theme – No one left behind: equality, freedom, and justice for all.

To register and/or submit a video, please click above to contact IWN enquiries.

We’d love you to contribute to the video

We are inviting everyone to contribute in a small way with a video which will share messages of action, support, and commitment about this important day in the calendar. See instruction document for more details. Please submit your photo or video by 10 May 2024.


Why May 17? This date commemorates the anniversary of when the World Health organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990. Prior to this, homosexuality was classified globally as a mental illness.

As recently as 1997, being gay was illegal in some parts of Australia – and it was only six years ago that same-sex marriage was not recognised in our country. While we have certainly come a long way in the advancements of LGBTIQA+ equity, the unfortunate reality is that these milestones are very recent in our experience.

Why is IDAHOBIT still important today?

  • 68% of LGBTIQA+ employees in Australia are not out to everyone at work.
  • 2 in 3 LGBTIQA+ youth experience abuses due to their identity.
  • 35% of LGBTIQA+ Australians have experienced verbal abuse in the past 12 months.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2024 theme is “No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all”.

Find out more about IDAHOBIT Day #IDAHOBIT2024

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