An overview of Australian intrans*igence : a systemic Pandora’s Box

Chaplin, Belinda, Cox, Leonie, & Campbell, Christina (2014) An overview of Australian intrans*igence : a systemic Pandora’s Box. In 23rd Biennial Symposium World Professional Association for Transgender Health, 14-18 February 2014, Bangkok, Thailand. (Unpublished)


Despite the fact that Australia is a socially progressive country and boasts one of the largest Gender Dysphoria Clinics in the Southern Hemisphere, delivering services for almost four decades, Australian Governments fail to arrive at any consensus on the legal and human rights approaches to Transpeople. The subsequent lack of recognition does little more than increase the levels of frustration of and the continued discrimination to Transpeople, including adverse mental health problems, in this country. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the Australian systems that govern Transpeople and to identify how Transidentities are manipulated in our Federal system of government; a system which offers little to protect the human rights of Transpeople. In order to contextualise the Australian situation, I commence with a brief description on the layers of government which will include how Australian Transpeople are currently protected under the law in those jurisdictions. I then present some of the impracticalities endured by the transitioning individual (single or married) including change of documentation and legal gender status before, during and after surgical transition for both those born on and off shore. This presentation will also include discussion of legislation that has been described by Transadvocates as “Gesture”, “Cart before the Horse” and “Harmful”. I will conclude with a way forward by suggesting the development of a coordinated all of government approach in consultation with key stakeholders for “Trans Friendly Legislation” to improve the human and legal rights, and ultimately the health and wellbeing of Australian Trans*identities.

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