Safe and inclusive legal services

Safe and inclusive legal services

We stand with the LGBTIQ community. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, 17 May 2017

This Wednesday 17 May we mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia by celebrating our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer colleagues, and reminding all Victorians that we provide safe and inclusive legal services.

We help people with a range of legal issues. These include family law, criminal law, discrimination law, Centrelink and tenancy law issues.

In 2016–17, we helped over 85,000 people with their legal problems, which statistically equates to around 8,500 members of LGBTIQ communities receiving our help during that period. It is estimated that at least ten per cent of people in Australia fit somewhere in the spectrum of LGBTIQ.  

As a public authority, we comply with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender introduced in July 2013. The guidelines provide protections from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status in many areas of public life.

Issues facing young transgender people

Our Executive Director of Family, Youth and Children’s Law Nicole Rich has shared her thoughts on the rights of young transgender people under the age of 18 who are seeking Stage 2 hormone treatment for gender alignment.

Nicole talks about Re Kelvin, a case in which the Family Court will decide its role in Stage 2 treatment when teens, parents and doctors all agree to the treatment. She also discusses clients like ‘Isaac’ who have the support of their doctors, but not both parents.

Read more at Lawyers Weekly, Access to justice for young transgender Australians.

How we can help

Find out how you can get legal services and advice and find legal answers.

If you think you have been treated unfairly or have been discriminated against because of your gender or sexuality, find out how to get help.

We also encourage practitioners and community service providers who would like to refer their client directly to us to contact the Equality Law team for safe and inclusive services promoting LGBTIQ rights – email eols@vla.vic.gov.au or call 1300 792 387.