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Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

On 21 March 2013, the Attorney-General introduced the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 into Parliament.

The Bill will amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to insert new protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status, and extend the ground of marital status to marital or relationship status to provide protection from discrimination for same-sex de facto couples.

These amendments support the government's commitment to introduce new protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee's report on the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill recommended a number of policy, definitional and technical amendments which will require deeper consideration in the process of consolidating five bodies of anti-discrimination law into one.

While the Attorney-General's Department continues to work on this project, these amendments will provide important, long overdue protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

The Bill and Explanatory Memorandum are available on the Parliament of Australia website.

Exposure Draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation have released exposure draft legislation for the consolidated anti-discrimination law. The Draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, accompanying explanatory notes, a short fact sheet and the Regulation Impact Statement are available for download below:

On 21 November 2012 the Senate referred the exposure draft of the Bill to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report. The Committee released its inquiry report on 21 February 2013.

More information on this public consultation process, is available from the Senate Committee’s website.

More information

If you would like more information about any of these reforms, email antidiscrimination@ag.gov.au.

Discussion paper

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance and Deregulation previously launched a public discussion paper to seek community views on consolidating Commonwealth anti-discrimination law.

The discussion paper set out some of the key issues and questions relating to the existing anti-discrimination framework.

Submissions on the issues raised in the discussion paper closed on 1 February 2012, with over 240 submissions being received. The submissions informed the development of the draft Bill above.

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