Gender transition and transsexualism
An individual student or staff member may identify as a man or woman when this is different to the sex assigned to them at birth. The individual may seek medical and/or surgical intervention to effect such a change, or simply live with this change. A person who seeks to live this way on a genuine basis, will be recognised as such by Monash University at their request according to the following guidelines.
Discrimination on the ground of gender identity is unlawful under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) (the Act). Gender identity means a person genuinely identifying as a person of the relevant gender. The Act acknowledges that a person may identify as a member of a particular gender by their style of dress, medical intervention or by other means. Medical intervention may include any relevant attention or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner, including hormone therapy, counselling and surgery.
The protection against discrimination applies to a person born intersexed (where incongruence exists between a person's major sex determinants, i.e. chromosomes, sex organs, hormones, secondary sexual characteristics etc) and with transexualism (where a person who appears to be of one sex but has an overwhelming desire to be the other), as well as the transgendered (those individuals who may identify and live as the other sex but have no desire to actually become that sex through medical intervention). People who have been assigned to a particular sex, either at birth or after medical procedures, are also protected by the "sex" attribute under the Act.
These guidelines have been developed to assist individual staff members and students who genuinely seek to live as a person of a sex different to that assigned at birth, including those undergoing gender transition or sexual reassignment, to continue to work or study productively.
In order that a staff member or student is not discriminated against or harassed on the basis of their "gender identity", where the person identifies their gender identify, Monash University can support the person by action that may include:
Approved by the Equal Opportunity Committee, Meeting 2/97, 24 July 1997 (Updated March 2004, June 2013)