LGBTI Rights

Our Impact

  • We launched a High Court challenge to stop the harmful and divisive marriage equality postal survey, then campaigned for a strong Yes vote to secure marriage equality for Australia.
  • We played a pivotal role in ensuring the passage of the legislation to deliver marriage equality, by resourcing MPs across party lines to vote through a fair bill without amendments aimed at winding back long-standing anti-discrimination protections.
  • We intervened in the test case which removed unnecessary court involvement in transgender teenagers accessing life-saving medical treatment.
  • We worked alongside local trans advocates to ensure birth certificate reforms removing discriminatory barriers to legal recognition passed in South Australia.
  • We secured legislation in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Tasmania and Queensland to erase unjust criminal records imposed on gay men for having consensual sex when homosexual conduct was illegal, and historic state apologies for the harm caused by these unjust laws of the past.
  • We created an Expungement Legal Service to provide free and confidential help to people seeking to have an unjust criminal conviction for homosexual activity overturned.
  • We helped our client Canon to pursue a discrimination complaint against Centrelink, which led to training for Centrelink staff and the creation of new policies that no longer discriminate against trans and gender diverse customers.
  • We passionately advocated for the reform of discriminatory parenting laws in Victoria and SA, and adoption equality across all of Australia.

Our Mission

No one should be treated unfairly or subjected to harm and abuse because of who they are or who they love. The Human Rights Law Centre protects and promotes human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Australia and beyond.

We fight to end the deeply entrenched discrimination LGBTI people experience. We use a combination of expert legal action, advocacy, research, education, and UN engagement to:

  • End discrimination in the law 
  • Improve legal recognition
  • Provide redress for past wrongs
  • Protect LGBTI people from harm
  • Promote equality and respect for LGBTI people


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Expungement Legal Service

Contact the Expungement Legal Service

Phone: (03) 8636 4458
Email: expungement

If you call outside office hours, please inform us if we can leave you a message and your preferred method of contact.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s Expungement Legal Service provides free and confidential legal help to anyone seeking to apply for a historical homosexual conviction to be expunged. Our team is staffed by LGBTIQ identifying lawyers and includes a volunteer lawyer with personal experience of the climate and police attitudes before the old laws were repealed.