We sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device, which enable this website to work properly and remember your preferences. You can delete all cookies already on your device and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed, however some functionalities may not work.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequent questions that people ask when they visit our site
Why does Defence provide treatment for gender dysphoria?

Defence provides the same medical treatment that is available via Medicare for people who are clinically diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

If a member of the ADF is diagnosed with or treated for gender dysphoria, Defence will fund the medical procedures or support as prescribed by the treating doctor. 

Cosmetic or elective surgeries are not funded.

This occurs in the same way that this treatment or support would be available under Medicare for civilian members of the community.

Minister for Defence (2017) - Senator The Hon Marise Payne

Why does Defence participate in the Mardi Gras parade?
Can you join Defence if you have diverse sexual orientation or gender identity?

2016 05 10 ReflectionsThumb

StoreGraphic2

Latest News

Research Launch: Where are all the LGBTI women at work

The low visibility and engagement of same‑sex attracted women in the workplace has been the subject of extensive research and analysis by PwC and Pride in Diversity, with key findings and...

Read more

'Because of her we can' – NAIDOC Week 2018

This NAIDOC Week, 8-15 July, Defence and DEFGLIS celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians. The theme – Because of Her We Can – celebrates the invaluable contributions that...

Read more

AVM Tracy Smart recognised as a top LGBTI Australian

Air Vice-Marshal (Dr.) Tracy Smart AM, ADF Surgeon General and Commander of Joint Health Command was named as one of Australia's most outstanding LGBTI Australians. AVM Smart is responsible for the...

Read more

Still Point Turning is a vital affirmation of trans people through the story of Catherine McGregor

“The unifying trans experience is rejection and repudiation.” So says Cate McGregor’s character in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story. This one line summarises a...

Read more

Experience in management, communication or support?

Become a volunteer