Brochures and reports

Brochures, leaflets, reports, and other documents.

We welcome the VEOHRC Guidelines for General Practitioners

VEOHRC GP Guidelines

We welcome the publication of guidelines for general practitioners by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. With our input, it includes a good statement about what constitutes discrimination by family doctors towards intersex people. The statement reads: Intersex people are a distinct group from transgender people and may experience different forms of discrimination….
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Intersex people and identification documents

'X marks the spot' in the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003. Read at Bodies Like Ours

From a Bill before the ACT Assembly, a Queensland review shortly to commence, and the case of Norrie, a trans person seeking recognition of a non-binary gender identity, there is much speculation in Australia regarding birth certificates and identification documents. Internationally, relevant legal changes have taken place in Germany and Argentina. This detailed briefing paper…
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Human rights between the sexes, a study

Human Rights between the Sexes

In November 2013, Dr Dan Christian Ghattas of OII Germany, together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, published a preliminary study on the human rights of intersex people in 12 countries around the world, including Australia, along with Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, and Uruguay. While a preliminary study,…
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Funding for intersex human rights and community development work

The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing

In the second half of 2013, OII Australia participated in a ground-breaking study by Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) and American Jewish World Service (AJWS) on funding for trans* and intersex community and human rights work. The study, The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing, was published in December 2013 and the results are…
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Statement on the Senate report ‘Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia’

Statement on the Senate report ‘Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia’

The joint, cross-party report, “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia”, was published on 25 October 2013. It raises major concerns about medical ethics and the human rights of people with intersex variations in Australia. Intersex people are born with variations in physical sex characteristics, such as anatomy or chromosomes. Intersex status is…
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Concluding submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation

Parliament

Given a time extension for the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation, and also a rapidly changing context due to new information, national and international developments, we took the opportunity to make a concluding submission to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs. The terms of reference for the Inquiry explicitly include the sterilisation and…
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New, fourth, submission on involuntary sterilisation

Parliament

We have made a fourth submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities, and intersex people, and it has now been published by the Senate. This submission, as with previous supplementary submissions, presents or analyses new information not available at the time of earlier submissions. It follows publication of…
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Third submission to Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation

Parliament

OII Australia has made a third submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary and coerced sterilisation and it has now been published by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. The reporting date for the inquiry is being pushed into July (update: now September) due to late hearings, and we wished to put additional data…
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Information for parents

Information for parents

Sex characteristics are more varied than most people are aware. To help you welcome your newborn, this information addresses common questions and concerns regarding variations in sex characteristics. This information will help you make decisions that promote the health and wellbeing of your child and your entire family.

Submission on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

Parliament

Our submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 has just been published. While not as comprehensive as the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill, which seemingly could not generate sufficient support this side of an election, we welcome the tabled Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual…
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Submission on government recognition of sex and gender

Parliament

This submission has been superseded by later policy, based on the 2013 Malta Declaration, a joint submission to the Attorney General’s Department on amending the guidelines, 2015 2017 Darlington Statement

Response to the ACT government on ‘Beyond the Binary’

Canberra

On 19 March, the government of the Australian Capital Territory published its response to “Beyond the Binary”, a report on legal recognition of “Sex and gender diversity” in the Territory. This is our formal reply to the government response. Download full document (PDF) We made a formal response to “Beyond the Binary” in July 2012….
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