Are you experiencing discrimination on the basis of being trans and gender diverse?
Last updated 26 March 2021
Last updated 26 March 2021
This resource answers some common questions trans and gender diverse young people, and their families, have about discrimination and their rights.
If you are experiencing discrimination because of your gender, you can get help. By reading this resource you will get a better understanding of the different approaches you can take in South Australia to making a complaint or taking legal action.
This resource includes:
What is gender discrimination
What is transphobia
How to take federal legal action against gender discrimination
How to take state-level legal action against gender discrimination
There are different things you can do, depending on the type of discrimination and where it occurs.
If you are being discriminated against in your or someone else’s home, or in another private setting, talk to someone you trust (like a family member, friend, teacher or counsellor) about how you can get help to manage the situation and make it stop.
Sometimes when you ask someone to stop treating you badly, they will stop. You might want to do this with the help and support of a parent or another trusted person in your life.
You can take action by making a complaint to one of the national or state/territory anti-discrimination bodies.
Think carefully before choosing your course of action
You can only make a complaint at a federal OR state level – not both. You will need to decide on one approach or the other. It might help to get advice from a lawyer about what is most appropriate in your circumstances. See how you can get help below.
Australian Human Rights Commission provides information on how to make a complaint.
Equal Opportunity Commission provides information on making a complaint.
The Fair Work Commission can help resolve disputes in the workplace.
Qlife provides counselling and referral service for LGBTI people.
Parents of Gender Diverse Children provides peer support nationally to parents and those parenting trans and gender diverse children. To access their resources or make an enquiry, visit the PGDC website.
Shine SA provides primary care services and education for sexual and relationship wellbeing.
Trans Health SA offer the South Australian gender diverse community a resource operated, and influenced, by the community.
Uniting Communities provides mental health support & counselling to the LGTIQA+ community.
This resource was last updated on 26 March 2021. This is legal information only and does not constitute legal advice. You should always contact a lawyer for advice specific to your situation. Please view our disclaimer for more information.