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LGBTIQ legislative reform

What's happening

South Australia is reforming legislation that discriminates against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status. This is a comprehensive review, which includes over 140 pieces of legislation.

The Government has charged the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) with conducting this review in addition to providing recommendations to the Government for reform. View the SALRI LGBTIQ - Review of Legislative or Regulatory Discrimination (information can be accessed under 'Current Projects' or 'Publications: Reports and Papers' tabs).

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is reviewing these recommendations and by the end of 2016 the Premier will have introduced to Parliament a full suite of amendments to rectify this inequality.

Why

South Australia has a celebrated track record for dedication to achieving equality and fairness for all of its citizens, and despite this, South Australia's statute books still contain remnants of formal discrimination, which means some members of our community continue to experience discrimination because of who they are.

On Tuesday 10 February 2015, the Governor, His Excellency Hieu Van Le, delivered a speech to the State's Parliament, outlining the Government's agenda for South Australia. The following remarks are of particular interest.   

"Some individuals and families are not able to participate fully in our democracy because of who they are, whether it be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The strength of our society will be shaped by the extent to which we can guarantee access to these pillars of our democracy, education, health and justice, to all South Australians. My Government will invite the South Australian Law Reform Institute to review legislative or regulatory discrimination against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or intersex status. Their recommendations will then be considered in the South Australian Parliament."

Read the Governor's full speech

In addition to these important reforms, the Government of South Australia is working to promote and implement cultural change and social diversity within its agencies. As part of this effort, a training video has been developed to raise awareness, educate and be a catalyst for change amongst the public sector.

LGBTIQ Inclusion Video – Inclusive Communities Benefit Everyone

The following links will take you to the most up to date version of the legislation that is particularly relevant to LGBTIQ issues:  

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