In late 2020, the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Bill was introduced into the Victorian parliament and passed into law in early 2021. While the Victorian Women's Guild supports the banning of harmful conversion practices, we raised several concerns related to the proposed legislation and brought these to the attention of politicans. Our concerns centered around the fact that the Bill was poorly drafted with vague language that conflates sexual orientation and gender identity and will ultimately harm vulnerable members of society rather than help them.
What follows are the concerns of the Guild that were sent to all politicains leading up to the parliametary debate in early 2021
The Bill became law in early 2021.
The situation in other Australian States and Territories
TAS: The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute recently conducted a consultation process on the issue. Legislation has yet to be introduced.
NT: There is currently no discussion in the NT about possible legislation..