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.
Access to "Stage 2" hormones
In November of 2017, a decision arising from the landmark court case known as Re:Kelvin was handed down by the full bench of the Family Court of Australia. The decision means that there is no longer a need for an application to the Family Court of Australia for young people under the age of 18 to access Stage 2 hormones.
Young people still require multidisciplinary assessment in order to commence hormone treatment.
Human Rights Law Centre discusses implications of the Re:Kelvin case.
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
Royal Children's Hospital "Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents."
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.
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
Discrimination - workplace, school, sport/recreation
Human Rights Law Centres
Contact The Human Rights Law Centre for more information.
Justice Connect VIC, NSW, SA
State Based Services:
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.
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.
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