Submissions

Across government

2018 State Election scorecard

In the lead up to the 2018 South Australian State election SARAA examined the statements and commitments of the various SA political parties as well as looking at the issues raised within the LGBTIQ community. Read our summary of responses at SARAA's LGBTIQA+ policy scorecard for the 2018 State Election.

2018 Way Forward Report

In 2014-16, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion developed the South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of LGBTIQ People.

In 2018, the South Australian Government released The Way Forward: LGBTIQ Report to provide a snapshot of the achievements toward LGBTIQA+ equality that have occurred since 2014 and outline the South Australian Government’s commitment to continuing to improve outcomes and to address the priority issues identified in partnership with the LGBTIQ community.

You can read our response to the Way Forward Report here.

Education

The Safe Schools Program was a national program running from 2013 to 2017 to support teachers and schools who had been seeking assistance to create a more LGBTIQA+ inclusive environment for students and their families.

In 2015 to 2016 the program was heavily criticised bodies such as The Australian newspaper and The Australian Christian Lobby. We wrote to Simon Birmingham, then Minister for Education, to express our thanks for his continued support for the program and express the need for it to continue. The Safe Schools Program ceased in 2017.

Health

In February 2021, SA Health sought feedback on the The South Australian Women’s Child and Youth Health Plan 2021 - 2031.

We made a submission that called for the plan to recognise:

  • the urgent need to prioritise resources and services to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of Australia’s trans and gender diverse populations

  • the needs and experiences of same-sex parented families, and LGBTIQA+ families broadly

  • the huge disparities that are experienced by LGBTIQA+ young people when it comes to mental health and suicide

  • the importance of providing safe and inclusive health services for LGBTIQA+ people

  • the health needs of intersex people

  • disabled women’s unique needs and experiences.

We also encouraged SA Health to hold further targeted consultations with LGBTIQA+ and disability communities on the Plan.

Housing

In 2019, the SA Housing Authority sought feedback on the development of the state’s housing, homelessness and support strategy. You can read our submission on the strategy here. The Our Housing Future 2020-2030 strategy is available here.

Religious discrimination in schools

We made the following submissions on proposals to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to remove laws that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students:

  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee regarding the proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) as it relates to removing discrimination against student - January 2019
  • Submission on legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff - November 2018

Rights of intersex people

In 2018 Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a project that considered how best to protect the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics — in the specific context of non-consensual medical interventions. You can read our submission here.

Sex work

SARAA fully supports efforts to decriminalise sex work.

We know there are many sex workers who identify as part of the LGBTIQA+ community in SA, and we fully support their right to live and work in a legal framework that protects their rights and treats them as equals.

You can read our submission regarding the Statutes Amendment (Repeal of Sex Work Offences) Bill 2020 here.

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