Advice provided is general in nature and does not consider your personal circumstances. You should consider the advice in the context of your personal circumstances, or seek professional advice before deciding on any course of action.
We have online training available that goes into more detail about this topic. It's free to take, and if you register and complete all the assessments, you'll get a certificate of completion at the end. Visit our eLearning centre
Defence Resources, Policy and Information
The Defence Health Directive on Gender Dysphoria for serving members is currently being progressed through the Health Policy Process. The initial entry standards in HLTHMAN Vol 1 are being progressed through that process concurrently to better reflect current clinical considerations.
In the meantime Defence Force Recruiting is assessing each transgender applicant on a case-by-case basis to ensure consistency with inherent requirements of service and legislation requirements (especially national anti-discrimination legislation).
You should be aware that there can be times where your personal privacy is very limited, particularly during your initial training, on exercise or operations.
If you think you are being unfairly treated, or unfairly discriminated against through the recruiting process, please contact us, so we can assist with having your case reviewed by appropriate staff in Defence Force Recruiting and Joint Health Command. We will do our best to facilitate fair treatment, but we are not able to advocate on your behalf.
It's completely okay to seek information, ask questions and conduct research if you think you might have Gender Dysphoria or if you think that your Gender Identity is different from your biology. There are links at the end of this document which provide the best information and resources available in Australia to help you out and support you. The remainder of this document is aimed at people who have been diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria.