Legal

There are many areas that legal questions are raised for trans and gender diverse people - young or old. Please Contact us for resources and referrals specific to your situation and for the most up to date information.

We have linked to some basic, general and helpful resources.  For information and referrals relevant to your trans and gender diverse child please contact us directly. 

 

Accessing Hormone Treatment for young people under 18 Years.

Gaining access to hormone treatment for trans and gender diverse young people under the age of 18 currently requires an order to be made by the Family Court of Australia. There are a number of legal services across Australia who provide pro-bono representation, and we maintain a current, up to date list of these. Please contact us if you would like more information, specific to your circumstances.

Basic guide to approaching the Family Court of Australia for access to “Stage 2” hormones.

Justice Connect is a referral service that operates in Melbourne and Sydney, and operates a specific service stream for trans and gender diverse young people seeking access to hormone treatment.

LGBTI Legal Service Inc (QLD) 

For trans and gender diverse people who are aged 18 and above, Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre based in Melbourne has introduced a new treatment methodology - Informed Consent document

 

Changes to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support Agency records:

Change of personal details policy for Federal or Commonwealth Agencies. 

Things to remember:

  • ​You will need to visit your local Centrelink/Medicare/Child Support Agency office in person. If your child is 14 years or older they may need to come with you.
  • You will need to take supporting documentation as specified in their policy.​
  • The request to change personal details (including name and gender marker, title used).
  • ​The staff member that handles your enquiry may not be aware of Centrelink/Medicare policy with regard to updating personal information. It may be helpful to take a copy of the policy with you.
  • If you need to obtain further information or help, contacting the Department of Human Services complaints line may be of assistance. Their number is 1800 132 468.

 

Changes to Birth Certificates

Varies by state, and can depend on a number of factors. Contacting your state Births Deaths and Marriages or equivalent is necessary to obtain the most up to date information.

 

Discrimination - workplace, school, sport/recreation

Commonwealth level summary of legislation across Australia.

 

Human Rights Law Centres

Contact The Human Rights Law Centre for more information.

Justice Connect VIC, NSW, SA

LGBTI Legal Service Inc (QLD)

 

State Based Services:

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Anti Discrimination Board of NSW

Anti Discrimination Commission QLD

Equal Opportunity Tasmania

Equal Opportunity Commission South Australia

Equal Opportunity Commission Western Australia

Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

ACT Human Rights Commission

 

Schools

Each Australian state and territory has its own Education Department, its own policies and its own way of handling inclusion and diversity. Some states are better than others. Currently all states have access to a Safe Schools Coalition team, but in most states this will cease when funding runs out in July or October 2017.

For parents with children at Catholic Schools, a document and programme has been released and may be useful to refer school staff and principals to.

Live Life to The Full

Contact Parents of Gender Diverse Children for information about how to navigate your child’s rights, school responsibilities and obligations and referral to relevant information for your state.

Sports

Many trans and gender diverse children stop playing sports. There are many reasons for this, but most of them can be worked through. Many sporting codes and bodies have inclusive policy that means that there should be few barriers to participation.

Contact Proud2Play for the most up to date information. www.proud2play.org.au