The Victorian Government’s Taskforce for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians' LGBTI Justice Working Group 2015-17 held its fifth meeting on 30 May 2016.
The Working Group was joined by the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Rowena Allen, as well as Brenda Appleton and Jamie Gardiner from the Taskforce.
Specific topics considered
The Justice Working Group continued its discussions with Corrections Victoria on improving the Corrections Commissioner's Requirements for managing trans, gender diverse and intersex prisoners. The Commissioner's Requirements set out high level requirements in respect of operational matters in prisons and are available at www.corrections.vic.gov.au .
The Justice Working Group also welcomed implementation activities in relation to the commencement of the Relationships Amendment Act 2016 (the Act). The Act amended the Relationships Act 2008 to require that only one person in a registrable domestic relationship needs to live in Victoria to register their relationship under the Relationships Act and to provide for the recognition of corresponding law relationships (for instance, overseas same sex marriages) as "registered domestic relationships". Most of the Act commenced on 1 July 2016. Read further information on the reforms.
The Justice Working Group will reconvene for its next meeting on 8 August 2016.