NZ Defence Force beats Australia for LGBTI integration

THE New Zealand Defence Force has been ranked No.1 in an international study assessing the integration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members.

The LGBT Military Index was compiled by Netherlands thinktank, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

New Zealand Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, said the ranking came as a pleasant surprise.

"We are an equal opportunity employer and we have always valued the diversity of our workforce," he said.