Welcome to OII Australia

Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. We have diverse bodies, sexes, genders, identities and life experiences.

OII Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. We promote human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people, and provide information, education and peer support.

Our goals are to help create a society where intersex bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.
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The Family Court case Re: Carla (Medical procedure) [2016] FamCA 7

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The Family Court has recently published a decision on the sterilisation of a 5-year old child and, unfortunately, it reveals that: earlier genital surgery that “enhanced” her genitals without Court approval was viewed without concern, and with no evidence of necessity. The idea of “enhancing” the genitals of an infant or young child is disturbing….
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Apology to South Australian LGBTIQ communities

South Australia (image source: Wikipedia)

Witnessed by members and representatives of the South Australian LGBTI communities, on 1 December, the Hon. J Weatherill, Premier of South Australia put the following motion to the House of Assembly: 1. That this house recognises that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community members have been discriminated against by South Australia’s legislation….
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“Fixed at birth”, paper by Aileen Kennedy

UNSW Law Journal

With kind permission from both author and journal, we are pleased to share a paper by Aileen Kennedy entitled “Fixed at birth: Medical and legal erasures of intersex variations”, published earlier this year by the UNSW Law Journal. There is complicity between the medical and the legal construction of variations of sex development as pathological…
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Moving forward

federal parliament

The Board of OII Australia is excited to announce that, after many years of operating entirely through the work of volunteers, our two co-chairs will become our joint Executive Directors as of 1 December 2016.

Intersex Awareness Day news round-up

Intersex Awareness Day

Intersex Awareness Day this year was very significant. The United Nations, regional human rights institutions and the Australian Human Rights Commission all made intersex-specific human rights statements for the first time. The UN also launched an awareness website.   The United Nations and regional human rights institutions called for immediate action to end human rights…
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