Presently in Australia, trans and gender diverse minors can only access Stage 2 (cross sex or gender affirming hormones)if they apply to the Family Court of Australia. This is usually around the age of 15-16 years of age.
Transcend knows how challenging and upsetting the Family Court process can be.
If you need to discuss accessing pro bono legal support or would like to speak to a parent who has navigated the Family Court process, please contact us.
You can find excellent pro bono legal support below.
Re: Kelvin is a case currently before the Full Bench of the Family Court of Australia and is awaiting a decision on the fundamental principals of the law surrounding Stage 2 treatment for transgender adolescents. The case has the potential to remove the jurisdiction of the courts from making decisions in regard to this medical treatment. It is not known when a decision will be made. If you expect your adolescent will be ready to begin hormonal treatment sometime in the next year, please seek pro bono legal advise via Justice Connect or the Inner City Legal Service.
Georgie Stone for Justice Connect
Georgie Stone and her family have been at the forefront of trying to remove this onerous and discriminatory obstacle.
Georgie’s case re: Jamie was the centre of a landmark ruling by the Full Bench of the Family Court of Australia that removed Stage 1 treatment (pubertal suppression) from the court’s jurisdiction. They continue to lobby for reform. In March 2017, Georgie took a petition to the federal Parliament with almost 16,000 signatures which she presented to the Attorney General, George Brandis, Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus and Green’s Leader, Richard Di Natale asking for tri-partisan support for legislation to be tabled removing the Family Court’s jurisdiction in the medical treatment of trans teens. #TransTeensRights