NAIDOC 2017 - Our Languages Matter

Across Defence, the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are the focus of national celebrations in 2017. The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages...

Defence to modify partner employment assistance

Defence will soon modify the way in which it provides assistance to partners of service personnel who are having difficulties funding employment. These benefits will also be available to LGBTI families, many whom were recognised through the streamlined processes introduced last...

Study into male experiences of sexual offence in Defence

A new study has been launched to identify how sexual offences and sexual harassment impacts men in Defence. The project is being conducted by Griffith University and UNSW and is funded by Defence. The researchers would like to interview current serving (or...

IDAHOT Day 2017

IDAHOT Day – the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, is an opportunity to recognise the sexual orientation, intersex and gender identity diversity in our teams and in our lives. On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from...

Ombudsman opens up a new avenue for members to report abuse

Members of Defence can now use the Defence Force Ombudsman to report sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and serious bullying and harassment within Defence. On 1 December 2016, the Defence Force Ombudsman commenced its new function of receiving reports of serious...

Navy appoints new diverse sexuality and gender adviser

Petty Officer Karen Dwyer has been appointed as the new Diverse Sexuality and Gender Adviser for the Navy. She spoke with DEFGLIS about the Navy's introduction of of Diversity Reference Groups and how interested members can become involved. Dwyer joined the Navy...

Supporting LGBTI personnel and families - Strengthening capability through inclusion - Educating the workforce about diversity



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The Basics

  • Sexual Orientation describes the physical, emotional or romantic attraction that a person feels for others. Feelings of attraction are the result of involuntary chemical responses in the brain that are beyond the control of an individual. Sexual orientation is most often defined in terms of the sex or sexes that a person is attracted to.
  • Gender Identity describes how a person internally perceives their gender, or a person’s sense of gender that formed as they mature. Gender identity can be congruent or incongruent with a person’s biological sex.
  • Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. Biological Sex is usually assigned at birth based on a person’s biological and anatomical attributes. A person’s sex is normally determined based on their anatomy, genitalia, chromosomes and/or hormonal balance.
Information for families and partners of LGBTI service personnel
Information for veterans and veteran's partners
Information for supervisors and managers
"I am proud of the contributions that LGBTI people make to Defence and I am proud to be in an organisation that has a senior leadership so committed to inclusion and diversity."

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN - Vice Chief of the Defence Force