Following the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia tabling in Parliament the final report of its review of Western Australian legislation regarding a person’s sex and/or gender, Acting WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr John Byrne has congratulated the Law Reform Commission on such an important project for the state.
“For too long people transitioning gender have fallen through the cracks of legislation in Western Australia,” he said.
Dr Byrne said he was most pleased with the review recommendations focusing on changes to the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the Gender Reassignment Act 2000 and Gender Reassignment Regulations 2001.
“Currently a person is not covered by the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 if they do not have a recognition certificate of their chosen gender.
“To obtain the certificate they must meet the onerous requirements of the Gender Reassignment Board,” he said.
Dr Byrne said people transitioning gender were incredibly vulnerable to discrimination.
“I am pleased the review recommended changes to the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 to include the grounds gender identity and intersex which would allow those transitioning gender to resolve discrimination complaints with the Equal Opportunity Commission, or State Administrative Tribunal.
“Australia has made great social changes since the ground of gender history was introduced to our Equal Opportunity Act, it is time Western Australia caught up with the rest of the country,’ he said.
Read the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia’s review here.
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