Submissions

Submissions to government bodies and institutions.

Submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics on proposed sex and gender identity standards

OII Australia and many other stakeholders were recently invited to respond to draft proposals for sex and gender identity standards. The proposed sex standard includes purported biological definitions of male, female and other, and the proposed gender identity standard reproduces the same purported biological definitions. We have significant concerns about these: ABS Proposed Sex Standard…
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Joint submission on recognition of non-binary gender in federal sex/gender guidelines

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OII Australia recently joined with the National LGBTI Health Alliance, A Gender Agenda, Transformative and Transgender Victoria to agree a joint submission to the federal Attorney General’s Department on non-binary recognition in the federal sex and gender recognition guidelines. It recommends that “X” be redefined as “non-binary”.

Submission on a plebiscite on the matter of marriage

OII Australia made a submission on the matter of a proposed plebiscite or referendum on the matter of marriage in Australia. In common with many other LGBTI organisations, OII Australia opposes such a referendum due to the likely mental health impact on people born with intersex variations and our families. More information Our submission, published…
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Submission to NHMRC on genetic selection against intersex traits

In April 2014, OII Australia made a lengthy submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) calling for the prohibition of genetic testing to select against intersex traits. Unfortunately, draft guidelines by the NHMRC support decision making by individual clinicians in defining and screening “serious genetic conditions”. The same language of “serious” “genetic…
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Joint call to strengthen Victoria’s equal opportunity laws

OII Australia has joined with 27 other community organisations, legal experts, unions and service providers to call for improvements to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 in Victoria. Victoria has not yet responded to the inclusion of “intersex status” alongside “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the federal Sex Discrimination Act, amended in 2013. The Maltese…
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Submission on removing surgical requirements for changes to birth certificates in NSW

A submission to an inquiry stated to be on access to gender recognition by trans people. OII Australia was invited or requested by a range of parties to comment on numerous occasions during the inquiry submission period, and thus we made a submission despite the narrow suggested scope of the inquiry. It reflects our concerns on issues of involuntary or coerced medical treatment, and on proposed sex or gender classifications.

Submission on Labor’s Draft National Platform

We made a submission on the Labor Party’s Draft National Platform earlier in May this year, covering a wide variety of recommendations on health, human rights, and identification documents. The Conference is a triennial event. Recommendation 1 was adopted prior to the National Conference in July 2015. Summary Paragraph numbers relate to the National Platform…
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PBS policy change on testosterone

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This is a submission to the Health Minister, following a reported policy change by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) restricting access to testosterone to treatment initiated by a specialist. Dear Minister I write as president of Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia Limited, an intersex-led Public Benevolent Institution run by volunteers that promotes the human…
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Human Rights Commission submission on intersex policy reform and services

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Late last year, the Human Rights Commissioner announced a survey and consultation to explore key rights and services issues affecting LGBT and intersex people in Australia. Download OII Australia SOGII Submission 2015 OII Australia consulted our members, board and broader constituency, and we have made a submission today that covers the key intersex-specific issues for…
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We welcome Maltese government proposals on rights to bodily autonomy

Launch of GIGESC consultation, Malta

In October this year, the Maltese government launched a consultation exercise regarding a new Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill (“GIGESC”). The Bill is ground-breaking and, if passed as we hope, it will: create a “right to bodily integrity and physical autonomy for all persons”. make unlawful “non-medically necessary treatment on the sex…
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Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture

United Nations Human Rights Council

OII Australia has made a submission to the UN Committee Against Torture, in relation to a national review of Australia’s work. The submission has been endorsed by the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia, People with Disability Australia and the National LGBTI Health Alliance.