Information and resources for Tasmanian parents and families of young people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Sexuality Diverse and Gender Diverse.






Phones still not working...

Please note since our move to 278 Argyle street we have not had land lines.  To contact us please ring 0429 346 122 or send a text and we will call you.  You can also email

As soon as the situation has been rectified our landline phone numbers will be back on the website and you will hear us celebrating.







In preparation

To open the beginning of any Working It Out meeting or event there is an acknowledgement of country and the custodians of the land on which we meet.  This is followed by honouring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people who have worked to make this a safer place for LGBTI people, young and elderly and everywhere in between and their friends and families.  We also ask that people be respectful of all people, remembering the hurt and pain they may still experience as a result of discrimination.

With this in mind, many of us are thinking about the possibility of a plebiscite in relation to marriage equality.  I am also thinking of those whose long long struggles have resulted in what may seem to some as strong views, unreasonable demands or a lack of respectful communication skills.  We must remember that some people have had to fight every week for equitable education for their child, equitable access to health care and respect within the justice system.

These people who have had to fight all their lives to make this an inclusive society may be exhausted, saddened and angry. Our task is to stand by these people and show them that there are many who care and understand and support them and that we are grateful for their work and we are proud of them.

Should we be made to have a plebiscite, show that you demand respectful debate of others and you will be respectful in everything you say.   Wear a Burgundy ribbon to honour respectful dialogue leading up to the vote and after.


Ribbons are available from Working It Out or please make your own!

278 Argyle Street

North Hobart



Hobart Office is on the Move... 


Update: The move is complete but our phone will take a little longer. In the meantime you can email us  or call 0429 346 122.

After over 10 wonderful years of massive change and growth at 39 Burnett St, North Hobart, the southern office of Working It Out are on the move...but not too far - about 100m! As of Monday May 23rd you'll find us around the corner, on the other side of Globes Lighting, at 278 Argyle St, North Hobart. It's a beautiful little building that has a very homely feeling about it, and will allow us to create a very welcoming and community house atmosphere, not too dissimliar from where we are now, just cosier!

Please pop in and say hello at our new location and give us a hand unpacking! Not really, but that's what we'll be busily doing for the next week, after the move on Friday, so apologies if there's a slight delay in attending to our usual business. Once we're all settled in, though, we'll be back better and cosier than ever!

Photos to come... 



2016 IDAHO and The Dorothies

Working It Out is pleased to announce this year we will be hosting not one, not two, but FOUR IDAHO events across the state!

For the first time, we extend our statewide coverage from last year's events in Hobart, Burnie and Launceston to include a morning tea in DEVONPORT on IDAHO Day itself, Tuesday May 17.

In another exciting first, we will also present The Dorothies for 2016 in Launceston, also on Tuesday May 17! The Dorothies for 2016 ackowledge inclusive practice in ageing and aged care services.

Hobart will still host the now-traditional IDAHO Breakfast, with this year seeing a return to the spectacular setting of the Hobart Function and Conference Centre on the Elizabeth St Pier on Wednesday May 18. 

Kicking off our IDAHO events for 2016 on Monday May 16, Burnie will once again host an afternoon tea, this year allowing attendees to gather at the Youth, Family and Community Connections (YFCC) new youth space in Burnie.

Tickets for Hobart's Breakfast event can be purchased by clicking on May 18 on the calendar in the side bar. Please note there will be no door sales - ticket sales ARE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY MAY 15.

RSVP for all other events can be made by clicking on the relevant dates on the same calendar. Entry will be by gold coin donation at the event.

Please contact your nearest WIO office for more information. We look forward to seeing you at an event in your region.





It's that time of year again, and applications for The Dorothies are open, but only until April 25th. The focus this year stems from the work we have been doing on the Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Training project, and so is for inclusive ageing and aged care service providers. If you think your workplace, or aged care provider, might qualifiy pleae check out the brochure and application form below, and be sure not to miss the deadline!

For further information and an application form please download to following documents, or contact WIO on 03 6231 1200 or


Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Training

Over the past two and a half years WIO has been delivering the Federally funded LGBTI Aged Care Training program across the state. As we draw to the end of this round of funding, please contact Sue at WIO ( ASAP to arrange training for your aged care service provider.



 LGBTI Inclusive Schools - Workshops for School Chaplains and Nurses in Tasmania

The Department of Education is offering two FREE half day workshops for School Chaplains and Nurses that are designed to give attendees a greater understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and to create inclusive school communities.

The workshops will be delivered by Matt Glover, a former Baptist Minister who specialises in providing training in this area.  Working towards improving the mental health of the LGBTI community is one of Matt’s passions and in July 2012 he was awarded Freedom 2b’s “Most significant contribution to increasing understanding between the LGBTI community and people from faith backgrounds”.  Matt also belongs to the Australian Counselling Association.

This opportunity aligns to the Department’s Respectful Schools and Workplaces Framework’s strategy of providing targeted professional learning opportunities that model our commitment to safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments and workplaces.

The workshops will be held in the locations detailed below:

George Town:      27 January 2016 10:00am – 2:00pm

Hobart:                   28 January 2016 10:30am – 2:30pm

Chaplains are invited to register to attend one of the workshops via the following links:

George Town:



The latest WordsOut newsletter is hot off the press... well, it's ready for download and is packed with news about the fab stuff we've been up to!

2015 Working It Out Annual General Meeting and 

Website Launch!

When: Saturday, September 26th, 11am - 12noon, followed by "Being Proud" website launch and cake!

Where: Working It Out board room, 39 Burnett St, North Hobart

Who: All Working It Out Members and supporters.

Why: It's a great opportunity to hear first hand what the Working It Out team have been up to during the previous financial year, as well as meet the Board of Management other new people. You can also have your say about anything you would like to see happening here at WIO, or to gain a greater understanding of why we do what we do.

You will also be able to help celebrate the launch of a significant WIO initiative, This website offers support and information to parents, carers and families of Tasmanian LGBTI young people, and builds on the work being done in our parent and carer support groups.

Food and refreshments will be available. Please RSVP by Monday September 21st so we have numbers for catering.


Entertainment Books available NOW! 

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Safe Schools Coalition is now here in Tassie

Safe Schools Coalition Australia now has a Tasmanian partner!  Working It Out, Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service is the fifth state/territory to join the Safe Schools Coalition National along with Victoria, NSW, SA and the ACT. In partnership with WIO, schools across Tasmania will now have further access to training, education and resources to support a whole of school approach to providing an inclusive school community.

The Safe Schools Coalition Working It Out partnership provides over 16 years of experience in developing and investing in Tasmanian primary, secondary and college communities, but also builds on existing relationships with the Tasmanian education sector in order to ensure sustainability of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) program in Tasmania.

We are very excited to have engaged two highly skilled and motivated Safe School Project Officers to work on the program.  Xris Reardon is based in the WIO Hobart office and Dean Mundey is in the North and covering the North and Northwest.

The Project Officers, and the other team members of WIO participated in Safe Schools Victoria training in March with several school chaplains, and key representatives from the Tasmania Department of Education.  Please contact Dean in the north and Xris in the South if you would like to know more.

Dean Mundey works on Thursdays and Fridays and his number is 0428 983 977

And Xris Reardon works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and their number is 0409 828 705






Being Proud: Individual journeys, shared stories


A project for Tasmanian parents & carers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students.

In December 2014 two parents from interstate and several parents from Tasmania visited Hobart, Deloraine, Burnie and Launceston to tell their stories.  They have worked hard to give their children the best possible support to be themselves.

Elaine, the proud mum of a young trans woman and Lisa the proud mum of a young trans man talked of the value of a parents support group in NSW, a group they have been a part of for some time now and it has been invaluable for them.  They welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences and what they have learnt along the way.   

Els, a 66 year old Dutch/New Zealand/Tasmanian woman, married to Peter, mother to a straight daughter, Naida, a gay son, Nick and grandmother to 10 month old Jack spoke to 3 Hobart audiences about the support she received from PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Els also spoke about becoming active in PFLAG and gay rights and the impact that still has for her.

In Launceston mother Rose spoke of her son Rick and his coming out story and her journey with him.  Each workshop session was quite unique with many contributions from those who attended.  WIO will now work towards the establishment of a parent support network in 2015.  We would like to hear form any family members who are interested in being involved.

This is a project to engage school parent associations and community houses in challenging prejudice and discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation and intersex status in school communities. If you are interested in hearing from these parents of LGBTI students please come to one of the sessions or call us if you would like to know more.

We’ll also have useful books, resources and websites! If you would like to know more please ring Susan during office hours on 6231 1200.


The Examiner also published an article about the visits. You can read the full article here.



Welcome to Working It Out Inc

WIO is a unique organisation in Australia providing a specialist service to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and their families across Tasmania. We are proud of our reputation as an inclusive, community driven organisation respected by our members and other key stakeholders. WIO has the capacity, resources and desire to achieve our strategic goals. 

WIO has played a key role in identifying the nexus between suicide prevention and the importance of embracing diversity. WIO provides services designed to meet the needs of people negotiating their gender, sexuality and or intersex status through:

               Individual counselling and/or support;

               Support groups;

               Student education and support in schools;

               Training in workplaces;

               Policy development with government agencies;

               Partnership projects with mainstream services; 

               Partnership projects with LGBTI organisations.

WIO is valued for its commitment to engage with individuals, and their families and friends, as well as service providers, educational institutions and employers in an empathetic way.
WIO understands its target group, and LGBTI communities more widely and is inclusive of all 5 communities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex. 

WIO reflects a sophisticated understanding of LGBTI community members’ culture, experiences and needs.

our vision

Tasmania's specialist service for sexuality, gender and intersex status support and education, recognised for our experience and expertise.

our mission

To build individual resilience, community capacity and a more just society.




Supporting Working It Out
You can support the organisation by becoming a member, nominating to sit on the Committee of Managament or donating to the organisation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.