The Minister of Justice has introduced the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, aimed at ending practices intended to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The bill creates new criminal offences for performing conversion practices on people under the age of 18 years or who lack decision-making capacity, as well as for performing conversion practices that cause serious harm. A new civil redress scheme is also proposed under the bill, enabling complaints about conversion practices to be made to the Human Rights Commission.
On 5 August 2021 the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill passed its first reading with 87 votes in support and 33 against. The Bill has now been referred to the Justice Committee for consideration.
The Bill can be found here