Question: DECD Transgender Student Policy


Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:06 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Is the education department's new transgender student policy mandatory for all schools to implement? 

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:06): The transgender student policy is our way of making sure we articulate how schools can be compliant with the law, which requires that students not be discriminated against. Inasmuch as there is a law that requires students not to be harassed or to be discriminated against, then that is mandatory. There may in fact be some elements of the policy that are discretionary, and I can look into the detail. If the member has a particular question he is concerned about, then I am happy to look into that. 

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:07 ): Supplementary: from what age are schools required to consider a student's request, or their family's request, for their gender preference or their identified gender to be taken into account? 

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:07): I am reasonably certain that is publicly available, but I will do the research for the member and bring it back for him.

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:07 ): Supplementary: are schools required to proactively inform students of their transgender rights, or is the policy instead a reference for when schools are uncertain of what the appropriate response to a situation is? 

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:08): Again, the policy is a public document, so the member could do his own research into that, but I am happy to read it for him and convey the answer to him.