We previously reported in our December 2012 Update that the Australian Government had been working to consolidate existing discrimination laws and had released an Exposure Draft for public comment. Recently, the Attorney-General confirmed the Australian Government was not proceeding with the Exposure Draft (which was launched by his predecessor) and will instead continue to work on consolidating Australia’s anti-discrimination laws.

Since this announcement, the Australian Government has introduced draft legislation to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) to extend the current discrimination laws to cover sexual orientation, gender identify and intersex status. If the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identify and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 (Cth) is passed in its current form, it will provide new protections against discrimination and is intended to provide protection against discrimination for same-sex de facto couples.