Court permission no longer required for gender transition hormone therapy in Australia

An Australian Family Court has held that teenagers no longer require the authorisation of the court to undergo stage 2 of hormone therapy, which is irreversible in nature, for gender dysphoria. In earlier cases, Australian courts had held that since the treatment was irreversible, it was necessary for the Court to assess the ability of the minor to consent to the treatment, and therefore, parental consent was not sufficient. However, opposition against this requirement had been building, not only because of the costs of and delay caused by the process, but also because it was considered intrusive and insensitive.

Re: Kelvin [2017] FamCAFC 258