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Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities


Todd Fernando is a descendant of the Kalarie peoples of the Wiradjuri nation, and identifies as queer with pronouns he/him.

Todd is the Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities - the second person to fill this ground-breaking position. In this role, Todd works closely with Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ communities to provide crucial advice to the Victorian Government on the development of policies, services and programs that are inclusive and meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Current Work:

Todd is also an accomplished diversity & inclusion consultant and public intellectual with extensive research experience working with both First Nations and LGBTIQ+ communities. Todd has expertise in reforming social policy and cultural safety frameworks in public and private sectors across Australia. Todd is recognised as a strategic thought leader, with a commitment to improving outcomes and opportunities for all Australians.

Talking Points

First Nation’s Histories (Cultural, Social, Political)

First Nation’s Futures (Economic, Social, Political)

First Nation’s LGBTIQ+ Histories and Futures

Embedding Cultural Safety within Corporate and/or NGOs

The Future of Australia - where are we going and how can Corporate or NGOs get on board

Cultural and Political Power

Building Influence: Advocacy versus Activism

Shifting the Policy, Changing the Narrative

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