The Australian Federal Budget for 2023-24 will be put to Parliament in May.
LHA's 2023-24 Federal submission builds on consultation prior to last year’s federal election to develop comprehensive priorities for action—2022 Federal Election Priorities document.
LGBTIQ+ people are identified as a priority population in a many national health and wellbeing. These policies acknowledge disproportionate rates of illness and disadvantage, but largely lack specific goals, actions and funding.
In the October 2022 budget, the Labor Government provided funding toward research and consultation to understand barriers to accessing health services. LHA is working to build on this commitment to achieve a 10-year National LGBTIQ+ Health and Wellbeing Action Plan drawing on existing national strategies and deeper understanding of available data.
LHA’s 2023-2024 budget submission calls on the Labor Government to fund implementation of the Action Plan, which requires national coordination, better research, more equitable allocation of existing funding and new targeted funding.
Identified priorities include action for trans and gender diverse people, people with disability, people with innate variations of sex characteristics, LGBTI older people, reducing intimate partner violence, suicide prevention, and primary health care.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia: 2023-2024 Budget Snapshot