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DECD Announces New Trans* and Gender Diverse Student Policy!
While it has been a long time in the making, on Thursday 5 January 2017, the Department for Education and Child Development unveiled the new transgender student policy and procedures. This work aims to ensure schools provide consistent support for gender diverse students. The ‘Supporting same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students’ procedure outlines school and preschool responsibilities in relation to state and commonwealth legislation. The procedure applies only to transgender students who are currently transitioning and whose gender identity has been discussed with parents and confirmed by health professionals. It stresses the importance of schools working with gender diverse students to provide for the student’s physical and psychological safety and wellbeing in the school environment. In addition, the procedure describes how schools should approach issues such as toilet and change room access, school uniform options and sleeping arrangements on school camps to ensure the needs of the student and wider school community are properly considered.
- Read the statement released by DECD re the policy and procedure.
- Read the DECD policy and procedure document.
- Zac Cannell speaks about the new policy on News 24
- Radio National PM interviews Sam Mathews, Ann-Marie Hayes (DECD) and Jill Davidson (SHine SA) about the issue.
LGBTIQ legislative reform
South Australia is undertaking extensive reform to legislation that discriminates against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status. Read more about the:
Premier Apologises to LGBTIQ Communities
On Thursday 1 December 2016, in the South Australian Parliament, Premier Jay Weatherill provided an official apology for the wrongs endured by members of the LGBTIQ communities as a result of discriminatory State laws. If you would like to see the full transcript of this historic apology and accompanying speech you can find it here (PDF 1.5 MB).
The LGBTIQ Inclusion Strategy
The South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People (LGBTIQ) 2014-2016 was developed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) with the advice and assistance of a 15-member Rainbow Advisory Council. Consultation with LGBTIQ communities about their priorities and concerns took place over an eighteen month period, culminating in the launch of the strategy on 16 May 2014 at a community breakfast held in recognition of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. The consultation took a number of forms, including the 2012 South Australian Rainbow Survey.
The strategy is the first step in identifying the barriers faced by LGBTIQ people and aims to address them through improved access to government services.In order to assist in this process a companion document entitled, Including You: A Practical Guide to Engaging with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Communities and Developing LGBTIQ Inclusive Services, has been developed. While devised with state government in mind,Including You can be more broadly applied to improve engagement and service delivery with LGBTIQ South Australians.
The Rainbow Email Network
DCSI has established a Rainbow Email Network to distribute information about community events, grant funding programs, research and consultation. The network has over 300 members and emails are provided in such a way to ensure your privacy. If you want to keep in touch with the latest LGBTIQ information and news, join the network by sending a request to: DCSI.SocialInclusion@sa.gov.au