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...

Honouring all our diggers: why we lay rainbow wreaths

On Anzac Day, Australians honour the sacrifice of all those who have served to defend the country in war and peace. It is a special day on the Australian calendar where everyone has the opportunity to honour and remember a...

Commemorating all who sacficed and those who served in silence

DEFGLIS will place rainbow wreaths at cenotaphs across Australia this ANZAC Day, to remember those who served in silence alongside their brothers- and sisters-in-arms. As the association representing LGBTI service personnel and their families, DEFGLIS lays rainbow wreaths on Anzac Day...

Ten years serving with pride at Sydney Mardi Gras

DEFGLIS and Defence celebrated ten consecutive years of serving with pride at the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. While members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have marched in uniform only since 2013, they have marched with formal approval from Defence for...

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