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Milestone bill passed to help remove discrimination from SA laws

8 August 2016

South Australian laws are one step closer to becoming as inclusive as possible with the passing of The Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016 in State Parliament last week.

The Bill changes the language used in South Australian law to remove gender bias and ensure that gender identities, transgender and intersex, are captured in state legislation.

It will also remove language in legislation that has the potential to discriminate against people based on their relationship status.

Despite the leadership that South Australia has shown in working towards a non-discriminatory society, inequalities still exist for people who do not identify as either a ‘heterosexual man’ or ‘heterosexual woman’.

Basic human rights, such as legal recognition of relationships and raising a family, are not equally afforded to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ).

To help address this, the South Australian Law Reform Institute has conducted an audit report and five extensive further reviews, one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia, of South Australian laws that discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and intersex status.

The Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016 is the first in a series to be passed to make South Australian laws as inclusive as possible.

For the latest information on the status of these reforms go to Department of Communities and Social Inclusion.