OII Australia is an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or differences. Our work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare.
We registered on 6 May 2010 with ASIC (the Australian Securities and Investments Commission) under the Corporations Act 2001 as a not-for-profit company.
OII Australia is recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a charitable and Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient status.
Our ACN is 143 506 594, and our ABN is 73 143 506 594.
We are a volunteer-run organisation, primarily resourced out of the voluntary contributions of members, along with limited project funding. We receive no public or philanthropic funds.
OII Australia works closely alongside the other Australian intersex organisation, the AIS Support Group Australia. We are a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance and ILGA. We are the Australian affiliate of Organisation Internationale des Intersexués (OII), a decentralised global network of intersex organisations.
The principles of OII Australia:
- Intersex is not a medical disorder: intersex refers to those individuals born of intermediate sex between what is considered standard for male or female in our societies.
- Contrary to what is often asserted, the various degrees of intersex are not innately an illness, defect or deformity. They are simply variations of the human body similar to the length of the nose, the colour of eyes, etc. We recognise the relationship between the treatment of intersex people and the treatment of people with disabilities in our society.
- We reject medical categories for the various degrees of intersex, which are simply different reference points on a natural continuum of anatomical, hormonal and genetic variations.
- We stress the whole person from infancy through adulthood and choose not to focus on an individual’s genitalia. We are people, not genitals. As people, we have a right to our own genitalia and our own identity without interference, forced treatment or other coercion from legal and/or medical authorities.
- The basic problems faced by intersex people are socio-cultural in nature and not medical and are a result of the dogmatic fundamentalism inherent in the current binary construct of sex and gender. Some intersex individuals are subjected to genital mutilation in childhood as a result of this homophobic, sexist oppression. For this reason, we denounce all forms of sexism prevalent in our societies, which is principally directed against women, intersex people and other communities that challenge sex and gender norms.
- To promote visibility and the recognition of our existence as a normal and natural part of humanity will benefit not only intersex people but also all people oppressed by the sexism and disabling that prevails in our societies.
The mission of OII Australia:
- To support intersex individuals by providing information and contact with other intersex people.
- To assist families and friends of intersex individuals to understand intersex and to cope with specific support issues.
- Campaign for the human rights and bodily autonomy of intersex people.
- Encourage an exchange of ideas and different perspectives about intersex from various groups and geographical regions.
- Provide information concerning actual life experiences of people with intersex variations to medical personnel working with infants with atypical sex characteristics, to psychological experts, sociologists, community activists and groups, and specialists in feminism, heteronormativity and disability.
Our constitution sets out the objects of OII Australia, as a not-for-profit company:
- support and empower intersex individuals including through the use of online forums, social activities and face to face meetings;
- provide information, education and advice on issues relating to intersex including through the Internet, printed material and face-to-face meetings;
- increase the support, awareness and commitment of individuals, community, business and government, with respect to the human rights of, and legal protections for, people who are intersex and services appropriate for them;
- contribute to the process of policy-making;
- engage and partner with other organisations that share common goals with the company;
- raise, apply and channel financial and other resources to support the initiatives, programs and priorities of the company; and
- carry out such other functions and purposes which are necessary or incidental to the objects listed above.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous peoples and their cultures, and to elders of past, present and future generations.