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The NSW Government is committed to banning LGBTQ+ conversion practices in NSW.
A working group, jointly lead by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice and the NSW Ministry of Health, has been established. In consultation with a wide range of key stakeholders, the working group will develop a legislative model to implement the ban and protect against LGBTQ+ conversion practices in NSW.
Conversion practices, which can include “conversion therapy” and suppression practices, are formal or informal practices based on the ideology that LGBTQ+ people have a disorder or require treatment. Evidence shows that conversion practices are dangerous and damaging.
Legislative reform on this matter needs to be carefully considered and developed thoughtfully. To develop a legislative model that is right for NSW, targeted consultation has been undertaken with a range of sectors and groups. This includes:
It is not the intention of the reform to ban the teachings of a religious leader or expression of a religious belief through sermon. The NSW Government is carefully considering all submissions and feedback on the draft proposals to inform the development of a legislative model.
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05 Sep 2023