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Consultation process

Identity LGBTI
Friday 20 April, 2018
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Protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions

The Commission is seeking input about personal experiences of medical interventions and suggestions for changes to clinical practices and legal frameworks to best protect human rights.

There are different ways you can be involved: 1) make a written submission to the project, and 2) express interest in participating in a face-to-face consultation.

The materials included below contain a range of important information about the project. The Consultation Paper and Snapshots are designed to assist, but not limit your responses, during the consultation process.

Make a written submission


Submissions are now open

Written submissions are open until Sunday 30 September 2018. This timeframe will enable the Commission to consider the issues raised, develop recommendations and produce a report by the end of 2018.

The materials included below (including the Consultation Paper and Snapshots) may assist you in framing your submission, but you should not feel obligated to address these materials directly in your submission.

Participate in a face-to-face consultation

The Commission is interested in hearing from people in a limited number of group or individual interviews. This includes people born with variations in sex characteristics, parents and carers, medical professionals, service providers and other interested stakeholders. These consultations may be face-to-face or by phone.

For more information:

  • Flyer for people born with variations in sex characteristics: PDF icon PDF File DOCX
  • Flyer for medical professionals and parents and carers: 
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Before you decide to participate, please read the Participant Information StatementPDF icon PDF File DOCX

If you are selected to participate in face-to-face consultation, you will receive and be asked to sign this Consent Form before the interview: 


Express your interest in participating by emailing as soon as possible.

Consultation Paper

The Consultation Paper considers the human rights affected by non-consensual medical interventions, different international approaches on this issue, the current state of human rights law, and some of the main issues that arise in this context.

Consultation Paper: PDF icon PDF File DOCX


There are separate Snapshots for some of the main issues that arise in relation to medical interventions undertaken on people born with variations in sex characteristics.

Before you begin your written submission, please read the Participant Information Statement


Submissions to this project are confidential. Study findings may be published, but you will not be individually identifiable in these publications. Organisations may choose whether or not to be identified.

Submissions are now open