Same-Sex: Forums and hearings

National Inquiry into Discrimination against People in Same-Sex Relationships: Financial and Work-Related Entitlements and Benefits

Hearings and Forums

Between July and November the Inquiry will be holding Hearings and Public Forums across Australia to obtain further testimonies and information on access to financial and work related benefits and entitlements for same sex couples.

The consultation process will be launched in Sydney on the 26 July and conclude in the Blue Mountains on 16 November.

Following are the dates and approximate times for the Hearings and Public Forums:

Additional regional consultations are still being planned. We will update this list as locations are confirmed. Please contact if you have any questions.

New South Wales

  • 26 July, 9am - 4.30pm: Hearing in Sydney
    venue: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Level 8, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney.
  • 26 July, 6pm - 9pm: Public Forum in Sydney
    venue: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Level 8, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney.
  • 12 October, 6.15 - 8.30pm: Wollongong Regional Consultation
    venue: ACON Community Space, 18 Ellen St Wollongong
  • 24 October, 6.15pm - 8.30pm: Newcastle Regional Consultation
    venue: The Gateway Hotel,, 131 Maitland Rd, Islington
  • 11 November, 2pm - 4pm: Lismore Regional Consultation
    venue: Room Z181, Ground Floor, Z Block, Southern Cross University, Lismore. (Enter from Rifle Range Road)
  • 16 November, 6.15 - 8.30pm: Blue Mountains Regional Consultation
    venue: Wentworth Falls School of Arts, Cnr Adele Street and Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls

Western Australia

  • 9 August, 9am - 4.30pm: Hearing in Perth
    venue: Equal Opportunity Commission of WA, Seminar Room Level 2, 141 St George's Terrace, Perth.
  • 10 August, 6pm - 9pm: Public Forum in Perth
    venue: Conference Room, City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth
  • 11 August, 12pm - 2pm: Consultation Bunbury - CANCELLED
  • 11 August, 6pm - 8pm: Consultation Busselton (Western Australia)
    venue: Upstairs Room, Esplanade Hotel, Marine Terrace, Busselton

South Australia

  • 28 August, 9am - 12.30pm: Hearing in Adelaide
    venue: Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia, Training Room Level 2, ING Building, 45 Pirie St, Adelaide.
  • 28 August, 6pm - 9pm: Public Forum in Adelaide
    venue: FAD Bar, 30 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
  • 29 August, 6pm - 8:30pm: Regional Consultation Murray Bridge (SA)
    venue: Murray Mallee Community Health Service, Swanport Road, Murray Bridge.


  • 24 September, 2pm - 4pm: Public Forum in Hobart
    venue: Republic Bar and Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
  • 25 September, 9am - 12.30pm: Hearing in Hobart
    venue: Conference Room Level 9, 15 Murray Street, Hobart.
  • 25 September, 6pm - 9pm: Public Forum in Launceston
    venue: Launceston Tram Shed Function Centre, Inveresk Rail Yards, 4 Invermay Rd, Launceston.


  • 26 September, 10am - 3pm: Hearing In Melbourne - day one
    Venue: Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria, Training Room, Level 3, 380 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • 26 September, 6pm - 9pm: Public Forum in Melbourne
    venue: Portico Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Swanston and Collins St. Melbourne
  • 27 September, 10am - 3pm: Hearing in Melbourne - day two
    venue: Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria, Training Room Level 3, 380 Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
  • 28 September, 6pm - 8:30pm: Consultation Daylesford (Victoria)
    venue: Peppers Springs Retreat, Conference Room, 124 Main Road, Hepburn


  • 10 October, 6pm - 9pm: Public Forum in Brisbane
    venue: Training Room, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, 30 Helen St, Newstead.
  • 11 October, 9am - 12.30pm: Hearing in Brisbane
    venue: Endeavour 2 Room, Level 6, Christie Centre, 320 Adelaide St, Brisbane
  • 12 October, 6pm - 8.30pm: Public Forum in Townsville
    venue: Anti Discrimination Commission of Queensland, St James Place, 155 - 157 Denham St, Townsville

Australian Capital Territory

  • 19 October, 6.15pm - 9pm: Public Forum Canberra
    venue: Hotel Kurrajong, National Circuit, Barton, ACT.
  • 20 October, 9am - 4.30pm: Hearing Canberra
    venue: Gifford Room, Pilgrim House Conference Centre, 69 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City

Northern Territory

  • 2 November 2006, 6pm - 8.30pm, Public Forum Darwin
    venue: Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council, 46 Wood St, Darwin
  • 3 November, 6pm - 8.30pm, Public Forum Alice Springs
    venue: Gum Tree Room, Voyages Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs

Members of the public are invited to attend any of these events.

For further information please contact Samantha Edmonds at or on (02) 9284 9600.