Skip to main content

Same-Sex: Same Entitlements: Laws

Fifty-eight federal laws discriminate against same-sex couples and their children

Download [ PDF] or [ Word ]

The following 58 laws must be amended to eliminate discrimination against same-sex couples and their children in the area of federal financial and work-related entitlements.

Appendix 1 to the full report of the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry provides guidance as to how to amend the following legislation.

For the most part, it is just a matter of changing a few definitions.

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 (Cth)

Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Cth)

Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory)Act 1986 (Cth)

Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth)

Australian Meat and Live-StockIndustry Act 1997 (Cth)

Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth)

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth)

Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 (Cth)

Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

Defence Act 1903 (Cth)

Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990 (Cth)

Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 (Cth)

Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967 (Cth)

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cth)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Federal Magistrates Amendment (Disability and Death Benefits) Bill 2006

(seeking to amend the Federal Magistrates Act 1999 (Cth)

Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998 (Cth)

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth)

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulations 1989 (Cth)

Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 (Cth)

Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 (Cth)

Governor-General Act 1974 (Cth)

Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth)

Higher Education Funding Act 1988 (Cth)

Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth)

Income Tax Regulations 1936 (Cth)

Insurance Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1991 (Cth)

International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 (Cth)

Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 (Cth)

Judicial and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Allowances) Act 1984 (Cth)

Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth)

Medicare Levy Act 1986 (Cth)

Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 (Cth)

Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (Cth)

Military Superannuation and Benefits Trust Deed (made under s 5(1) of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991 (Cth))

National Health Act 1953 (Cth)

Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 (Cth)

Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 (Cth)

Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 (Cth)

Pooled Development Funds Act 1992 (Cth)

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth)

Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/14: Members of Parliament – Travelling Allowance

Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/18: Members of Parliament –


Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 (Cth)

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth)

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Cth)

Social Security Act 1991 (Cth)

Superannuation (Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan) Trust Deed

(made under s 10 of the Superannuation Act 2005 (Cth))

Superannuation Act 1976 (Cth)

Superannuation Act 1990 (Cth)

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth)

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth)

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (Cth)

Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth)