Submission to inquiry on airport and aviation security

The Australian Government has made impressive strides to reduce discrimination faced by LGBTI populations, including the addition of sexual orientation, relationship status, gender identity (including gender history, gender expression, and gender-associated characteristics), and intersex status to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (the SDA). The SDA prohibits both direct and indirect discrimination in the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs, including discretionary decisions by government officials made under laws or programs. The SDA defines indirect discrimination as any law or program that applies equally to all people but disproportionately affects federally protected populations.

As Australia’s national peak body for LGBTI health and wellbeing, we are concerned by the numerous complaints we have received from our members regarding experiences of discrimination, mistreatment, and violence against LGBTI people in Australian airport and aviation security contexts.

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