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Is a same sex relationship recognised by law? (excerpt)
Same sex couples cannot legally marry in Australia.
- Same sex relationships are recognised as de facto relationships for some legal purposes but not all.
- Same sex couples can own property jointly and have the same rights to property settlement as other de facto couples in Queensland.
- Same sex couples can leave property to each other in their will and can appoint each other in a power of attorney or statutory health authority.
- A de facto partner, including same sex couples, are considered spouses under the intestacy rules.
- Domestic violence protection orders are available to same sex couples.
- Same sex couples cannot legally adopt a child but can be considered as foster carers.
When is sexual activity an offence?
- Sexual activity with an adult of the same sex is not a criminal offence.
- In Queensland, anal sex with someone under 18 years of age is a criminal offence.
- Sexual activity with a person under 16 years of age is a criminal offence.
To access Legal Aid Queensland legal advice service, call 1300 65 11 88 to find the legal advice option which best meets your needs.
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Please contact Legal Aid Queensland for current advice
- 10 things you should know about fair treatment in Qld
- Getting to know the law
- Gender Identity Discrimination & Vilification
- Lawful Sexual Activity Discrimination
- Sexuality Discrimination & Vilification
- Relationship status, parental status and family responsibilities discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination
- Sex discrimination
- Sexual harassment
Telephone statewide 1300 130 670 or TTY 1300 130 680
Queensland Community Legal Centre Directory – Find your local centre
Women’s Legal Service – is a Community Legal Centre that provides free legal advice and information to Women in Queensland.
Queensland Police LGBTI Liaison Unit –find your local
Inserted a definition into s5(1) of the act, that reads:
“Marriage, means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
For more information or to discuss a complaint contact Complaints unit on
Phone: 1300 656 419 (local call) or 02 9284 9888
Web site: www.humanrights.gov.au
TTY: 1800 620 241 (toll free)
Fax: 02 9284 9611
Free interpretation and translation services are available by contacting 13 14 50 and asking for the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Issues – Information sources
- Rainbow Families Council – Parenting (Victoria)
- Abuse in Lesbian Relationships – Domestic Violence (Victoria)
- Another Closet – Domestic Violence in Same Sex Relationships (NSW)
- Hate Crimes – Homophobia – Transphobia