First Report

Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia

17 July 2013

© Commonwealth of Australia 2013
ISBN 978-1-74229-897-9

The Committee will present a second report on sterilisation of intersex people.

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1199KB)


View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of committee (PDF 46KB)
 
Abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
 
List of Recommendations (PDF 39KB)
 
Chapter 1 (PDF 106KB)

The referral
Conduct of the inquiry
Acknowledgements
Previous inquiries
Key concepts and definitions

 
Chapter 2 - Sexual and reproductive health and people with disabilities (PDF 223KB)

The experience of disability: womanhood, sexuality and parenthood
Insufficient support and the need for sterilisation
Services, Support, Training and Education
Conclusion

 
Chapter 3 - Legal frameworks relevant to the sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia (PDF 208KB)

The international human rights framework
Commonwealth
State and Territory
Conclusion

 
Chapter 4 - Should sterilisation of people with disability be banned? (PDF 125KB)

Arguments for the prohibition of the sterilisation of children, and the sterilisation of adults without their free and informed consent
Arguments against a broad-based prohibition
Committee view

 
Chapter 5 - Australia's court and tribunal procedures (PDF 247KB)

Representation and participation in proceedings before courts and tribunals
The 'best interests' test
Committee view

 
Chapter 6 - Family Court of Australia (PDF 95KB)

An adversarial process?
The cost of Family Court proceedings
Expertise of Family Court judicial officers
Committee view

 
Chapter 7 - Legislation: uniformity, offences, and data collection (PDF 129KB)

Are sterilisation procedures happening at the same rate across Australia?
Table 7.1: The number of sterilisation applications considered by State and Territory tribunals
Table 7.2: Estimates of the number of Commonwealth child sterilisation cases that have received legal aid funding
Table 7.3: Medicare data on vasectomies in males age 15 to 24
The argument for uniform legislative and procedural requirements
Further proposed legislative amendment – the need for uniform offences

 
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and Additional Information received by the Committee (PDF 24KB)
 
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 15KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
Email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

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About this inquiry

The committee wishes to clarify that this inquiry has not been asked to consider any proposal for involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities.

Past Public Hearings

11 Dec 2012: Melbourne,VIC
27 Mar 2013: Sydney,NSW
28 Mar 2013: Sydney,NSW

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Inquiry Status

Second Report Tabled

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