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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    Unknown
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    Unknown
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Unknown
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #13 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(13%) Against
Support (76%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #8 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(21%) Disagree
Agree (71%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #15 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(11.8%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (88.2%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #11 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(14.9%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (61.8%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #15 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(19.6%) Disagree
Agree (54.7%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #8 out of 34 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(14%) No
Yes (81%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #5 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(18%) No
Yes (79%)

History

Homosexual activity in Australia

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Homosexual activity in Australia is legal.

Current status
Since Mar 31, 1994
Legal
Homosexual activity federally decriminalized
Sources:
Willett, Graham (2000). Living Out Loud: A History of Gay and Lesbian activism in Australia. Allen & Unwin. p. 237. ISBN 1 86448 949 9.

"Age Of Consent & Sodomy Law awareness in Queensland Australia – need for urgent action". Queer Radio. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
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Same-sex marriage in Australia

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Same-sex marriage in Australia is legal.

Current status
Since Dec 9, 2017
Legal
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 9 December 2017. The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day.

Until Dec 9, 2017
Unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned
Same-sex marriage was unrecognized until 2017.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Australia

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Australia is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Right to change legal gender in Australia

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Right to change legal gender in Australia is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since Jul 1, 2017
Legal, surgery not required
Legal status has changed.
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Until Jul 1, 2017
Legal, but requires surgery
Legal, but requires hormone treatment
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LGBT discrimination in Australia

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LGBT discrimination in Australia is illegal.

Current status
Since Dec 6, 1986
Illegal
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act of 1986 prevents discriminatory activities
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LGBT employment discrimination in Australia

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LGBT employment discrimination in Australia is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jun 28, 2013
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual
Orientation, Gender Identity and
Intersex Status) Act 2013
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LGBT housing discrimination in Australia

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LGBT housing discrimination in Australia is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jun 28, 2013
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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Same-sex adoption in Australia

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Same-sex adoption in Australia is unknown.


Jan 2007–Apr 2018
N/A
This is not decided at the Federal level, but at the territorial government level. Some territories allow it, others do not.
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Since Apr 20, 2018
Legal
Adoption is not a federal law and is state-based. Since April 2018, same-sex couples can adopt children in all jurisdictions within Australia.
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Current status
Unknown

Homosexuals serving openly in military in Australia

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Australia is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 24, 1992
Legal
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Blood donations by MSMs in Australia

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Blood donations by MSMs in Australia is banned (1-year deferral).

Current status
Since 1996
Banned (1-year deferral)
The Red Cross controls blood donations in Australia and it has a ban on MSMs active in the last year
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Conversion therapy in Australia

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Conversion therapy in Australia is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Equal age of consent in Australia

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Equal age of consent in Australia is equal.

Current status
Since Sep 16, 2016
Equal
Following the amendment in the Queensland Criminal Code, the age of consent is now equal across all states and territories of Australia.
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LGBT Rights by State

View the LGBT laws in each individual state of Australia.