The NSW Government promised laws to ban harmful conversion therapy directed at an individual’s sexuality and not to follow the Victorian laws and to protect religious prayer and teaching.

However the NSW Department of Justice Consultation Paper paid no attention and essentially copies the Victorian ban. ICS analysis shows the Victorian ban laws are an extreme outlier internationally. We argue that any ban law should be based on proven harm, rather than assuming harm, and on coercion. We also argue against including any ban in relation to gender identity because that creates a criminal and civil liability threat to health practitioners, parents and others who want to follow a holistic model for assessing and managing gender incongruence but gives a free pass to the gender affirmation approach. The Parliament cannot know and should not try to dictate what approach is best for any individual. You can read our submission here:

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