22nd June 2018

Australia developing Guidelines for gender diverse & intersex people in sport

The Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission), The Australian Sports Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) are developing federal Guidelines for national sporting organisations on the inclusion and participation of trans, gender diverse and intersex people in sport. The Guidelines are designed to provide guidance to sport on promoting inclusion in a manner that is consistent with Australia’s Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act. It is understood that the Guidelines will be relevant to both elite and non-elite sport.

‘People may consider that males have a natural advantage over females are a result of their relatively greater height, weight and testosterone levels’, reads a 21 June issues paper (PDF below). ‘Recent studies in the context of elite sport indicate that this assumption may be incorrect [… and] variations in body size and strength occur across the gender spectrum’.

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