1. About this survey

The aim of this survey is to collect information about the experiences and barriers of LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced people in Australia so we can advocate for more welcoming and inclusive support. 
 
LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced person means:
-        an asylum seeker,
-         a refugee or
-         a migrant (both temporary and permanent) who is from a non-Western country and who was not able to safely live there as an LGBTIQA+ person in their country of origin.
 
This is a very important survey. Such comprehensive information has not yet been collected in Australia.
 
We want to collect comprehensive data about LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced people in Australia, their experiences in Australia and where they seek help. Collected data will be used to advocate for better support for LGBTIQA+ asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. This matters because we, as LGBTIQA+displaced people, remain unseen and unheard in Australia where we deserve equal opportunities to call Australia home.

This survey is for people 18 and over and who are currently in Australia. At present we are unable to collect responses of those who are outside Australia even if an application visa for Australia was lodged.

The survey is anonymous with an option to leave an email address at the end to receive a report. We will not know who is providing responses so we are asking you to be as honest and open as possible. Please note that if you mention any names of people or organisations, we will not be publishing them in the final report. 
 
The survey has been created by the Forcibly Displaced People Network, an LGBTIQ+ refugee-led organisation with the help of an advisory group comprising of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people, academics, activists and NGO workers. We thank all people who were involved in the design of this survey! The survey is funded by the grant from the ACT Government Office of LGBTIQ+ Affairs.
 
The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2022/326).

Some parts of the survey may bring up negative and difficult experiences. If you feel distressed, please reach out to the following services:
 
  • for counselling about sexual assault, domestic and family violence call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), 24/7 phone and online services;
  • for crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14;
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or online https://www.beyondblue.org.au
  • for LGBTI peer support and referral contact QLife on 1800 184 527 from 3pm to midnight 7 days a week;
  • for support and information for women with disabilities download Sunny app; 
  • for family violence support for LGBTIQ people and families contact: 
    • Rainbow Door 10am – 5pm everyday      1800729367
    • w|Respect After Hours Helpline on 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847), available on Wednesday 5pm to 11pm, and Saturdays - Sundays from 3pm to 10pm including public holidays;
  • for support for children, teenagers and young people up to 25, content Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800;
  • for support for men, contact Men's line on 1300 78 99 78.
 
If you would like to discuss this survey or receive a paper copy of the survey, email admin@fdpn.org.au
 
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