Friday, 12 July 2013 11:54

Sex discrimination legislation amended

The Federal Government took an historic step in June by passing the Sex Discrimination (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Amendment Bill 2013, making it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

The Bill extends protections under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) to the new attributes of 'gender identity', 'sexual orientation', 'intersex status' and 'relationship status', filling gaps in the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. This Bill also ensures that Commonwealth funded aged-care providers are not able to discrimination in the delivery of services to elderly LGBTI people, by removing some of the broad exemptions available to religious organisations.

The new protections build upon the Government's reforms to 85 Commonwealth Acts which removed discrimination against same-sex couples and their children.

These changes build on existing protections in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), which already provides protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The new Bill is available on the AstLii website.

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