- Addressing the cost of living
- Australian Service Excellence Standards
- Office for Carers
- LGBTIQ Inclusion
- Local Partnerships
- Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Services
- Results-Based Accountability
- STARservice Development Program
- South Australian Not-for-Profit Funding Rules and Guidelines (SANFRAG)
- Place-based approach
- Concessions and Support Services
- Volunteer with DHS
- Grants for organisations
Relationships register now open!
From today, loving couples in South Australia can begin the process to register their relationships. The Relationships Register allows couples, regardless of their sex, gender identity or intersex status, to register their relationship and have their status as a couple formally and legally recognised. It will mean people will have a clear avenue to have their relationship legally recognised, but also will make the process of accessing their entitlements and asserting their rights, including in situations of a medical nature, far simpler. Sadly, Australia doesn’t have marriage equality yet, but we’re doing what we can here in South Australia to make our state more inclusive for everyone. The Relationships Register will help couples have access to legal rights whilst we wait for our nation to catch up with many other countries around the world.
IDAHOT Community Breakfast
On 17 May 2017, DHS celebrated IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) with a community breakfast at the Next Generation Health Club on Memorial Drive.
Over 80 members of the LGBTIQ+ community and their allies joined Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Hon Zoe Bettison MP, and Dr Niki Vincent, the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity.
IDAHOT takes place on 17 May every year in over 120 countries around the world. This specific date was chosen because 17 May 1990 was the date that the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental health disorders. In 2017, IDAHOT focused on families and their role in supporting LGBTIQ family members, as well as the importance of respecting the rights of LGBTIQ families.
The breakfast provided an opportunity to engage with the LGBTIQ community and offered a safe, inclusive and supportive space to celebrate this important day in the LGBTIQ calendar.
DECD Announces New Trans* and Gender Diverse Student Policy!
On Thursday 5 January 2017, the Department for Education and Child Development launched a new transgender student policy and procedures.
This work aims to ensure that schools consistently support gender diverse students. The ‘Supporting Same Sex Attracted, Intersex and Gender Diverse Students’ policy outlines school and preschool responsibilities in relation to state and commonwealth legislation. The procedure applies only to transgender students who are currently transitioning and whose gender identity has been discussed with parents and confirmed by health professionals.
The policy stresses the importance of schools working with gender diverse students to provide for their physical/psychological safety and wellbeing at school. It also describes how schools should approach issues such as toilet and changeroom access, school uniform options and sleeping arrangements on school camps to ensure the needs of the student and wider school community are properly considered.
- Read the statement released by DECD re the policy and procedure.
- Zac Cannell speaks about the new policy on News 24
- Radio National PM interviews Sam Mathews, Ann-Marie Hayes (DECD) and Jill Davidson (SHine SA) about the issue.