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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?

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